Alyssa Milano on MSNBC: “This is the #MeToo generation,” where “women, young people ... will not be silenced any longer”

Milano: “We are considered less than, and we cannot stand for it anymore”

From the October 3 edition of MSNBC Live with Velshi and Ruhle:

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ALI VELSHI (CO-HOST): So you said that people are not -- women are not getting support from the government. It almost seems like the opposite of that based on comments the president made, comments that [Sen.] Lindsey Graham have been making. The president said “it's a scary time for young men.” RAINN points out, by the way, that one out of every six women will become the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. And the statistics on false rape accusations, or attempted rape accusations, as you said, somewhere between two and --

ALYSSA MILANO (ACTOR AND ACTIVIST): Two and eight percent. Yes.

VELSHI: Two and eight percent. So, it's not that the government's not supporting it, it'd be the opposite of supporting.

ALYSSA MILANO (ACTOR AND ACTIVIST): I will also add that 80 percent of victims of sexual assault do not report at all. So we're talking about a very minuscule point of women that are falsely reporting. Also, men are having a hard time right now? I mean, come on. I feel as though he is completely and totally belittling the intelligence of the American people. 

STEPHANIE RUHLE (CO-HOST): But he's not doing it by accident, and neither is Lindsey Graham. They're speaking to a huge portion of the population who agree with them. What do you think about that? 

MILANO: Do they agree with him? Or is he using some sort of, like, cult-like force to try to make them see that? I'm not sure if you were to have a real conversation with any American, whether they be Democrat or Republican, that they would side with this kind of behavior, where we've reached a low where we're actually mocking people and their stories of hurt and of pain. Who are we? Who do we want to be as a country? What are we trying to project to the young people of this world? To the young people of this country? It's just, it's heartbreaking to me.

And I think we -- yes, we're in a time right now that is very gray. This is the #MeToo generation. What is happening right now is we are defining boundaries, boundaries that have never been defined before. So we're -- as Trump might say that white men have it very difficult right now, I'm saying that women, young people, have had it difficult for generations and generations and generations, and we will not be silenced any longer. And if that means that men have a hard time right now, then I'm sorry. This is the way the pendulum has to shift for us to have the equality and security in our country, and within our societal views of what it means to be a woman. We are considered less than, and we cannot stand for it anymore.


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