‘Me Too' Marchers Take to Hollywood to Protest Sexual Abuse

Survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault and sexual abuse took to the streets of Hollywood on Sunday to take part in a #MeToo march and rally.

Demonstrators gathered at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and marched to the CNN Building at 6430 Sunset Boulevard, where a press conference was planned for noon. Participants marched back to Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue for a rally scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m.

"For every Harvey Weinstein, there's a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing," #MeToo founder Tarana Burke said. "The conversation around harassment in Hollywood will broaden to include other industries if we force it to." 

Burke co-founded an organization called Just Be Inc. in the aftermath of her own assault to help women talk about sexual assault, according to press materials.

One marcher shed tears as she recounted her tale of sexual harassment in the workplace. "I almost went crazy. I almost killed myself, and I survived because of my three babies," she said, tears trickling down her face as a fellow marcher consoled her with an arm around the shoulder. 

Other scheduled speakers include actress Frances Fisher, a national board member of SAG-AFTRA; Chelsea Byers of the Campaign to End the Statute of Limitations on Rape and Sexual Assault; and actress Estefania Rebellon, who will conduct the ceremony.

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