Milano helped ignite the #MeToo movement one year ago to the day.
Alyssa Milano has a message for her daughter and future generations of young women a year after she helped ignite the #MeToo movement.
In a video posted to her Twitter account Monday -- exactly one year after she helped pioneer the #MeToo movement in a tweet -- the actress and activist spoke about the origins of the movement and why she decided to come forward with her own experiences. The clip, which was filmed nine months ago, was directed at her daughter Elizabella, 4.
"One year ago I recorded this for my daughter, explaining why I shared my story of sexual assault," she wrote in the tweet. "I never expected to release it publicly. Now, I feel it’s too important not to share. #MeToo".
"Dear Elizabella," she continued in her caption. "I love you so. I will fight so you don't have to. Love, mama."
One year ago I recorded this for my daughter, explaining why I shared my story of sexual assault. I never expected to release it publicly. Now, I feel it’s too important not to share. #MeToo— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2018
I love you so. I will fight so you don’t have to.
Love, mama pic.twitter.com/TYk5XXFksY
In the video, Milano began: "Dear Elizabella, hello. It's your mommy, and I wanted to make you a little video because I'm sitting in my trailer in Atlanta, and I miss you so much, and I wanted to just do this for you."
"Today is January 18th, 2018 and Donald Trump is our president, crazy, and more importantly than that, women everywhere are sharing their stories of sexual harassment and assault," she continued. "And they're saying phrases like, 'Me too' and 'Time's up.' I don't expect you to understand this obviously right now because you're a baby."
"When you get older and you watch this video, I wanted you to know that one night when I was lying in bed with you, I looked down at you and your sweet, beautiful face, and I got really scared," Milano said. "I got scared for you, and I sent out a tweet asking for women to stand in solidarity, and a lot of people replied. So in a way I wanted to make this video for you because in a way all of this is because of you, because you gave Mama the strength."
"It's an important time, it feels important," she added. "So I wanted to thank you, really, and also let you know that I want you to grow up from a strong little girl into a strong woman that knows, really knows her worth and that is valued for her brain and her beautiful, big heart and her sweet, sweet soul and her talents and not for her body."
"I want you to know that also I'm working very hard, a lot of women are working very hard to make sure that silence is not the norm for your generation and that you will...never have to say 'Me too,'" Milano concluded. "But if you do, god forbid, if you do have to ever say 'Me too,' I want you to know that you will be heard and that you should speak your truth and that Mama's always here for you. … I love you very much, and I'll keep fighting."
Read the tweet that helped ignite the #MeToo movement in October 2017 below.
If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet. pic.twitter.com/k2oeCiUf9n— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 15, 2017
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