Alyssa Milano Writes A Moving Letter To Her 3-Year-Old Daughter About The Future Of #MeToo

"Know that mama is always here for you."

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When Alyssa Milano encouraged women to share their stories of sexual assault and harassment with #MeToo last October, she had no idea the impact it would have on the world. Now, she wants to make sure her daughter never has to utter those words.


Milano recently published a letter addressed to her 3-year-old daughter, Elizabella, in Ellewhere she reflects on the last few months and how lying in bed with her one night inspired her to send out that groundbreaking tweet.

"I thought about all the ways girls and women are mistreated, and I got scared for you; I don't ever want you to experience discrimination or abuse, not for one nanosecond of your precious life," Milano said in the letter.

She later went on to explain to Elizabella what the Me Too movement is all about and how amplifying the voices of sexual assault survivors around the world has led to changes in the way the media and society at large are responding to it.

"We are collectively shattering the stigma around this issue and are having much-needed conversations on how we can end the systemic cycle of discrimination against women," she said.

Milano continues her letter by telling her that sexism, violence, the work force, and education discrimination are constant hurdles many women have to overcome, but she promises Elizabella that she'll do "everything in [her] power to protect [her daughter] from such negative forces."

"There's no parenting handbook that explains exactly how to do this, but I'll do my best," Milano said. "I will teach you to advocate for your needs, to lift other women up, and most importantly, to believe in and respect yourself."

Between crediting her for being the inspiration for her activism, Milano ends the letter wishing and encouraging her daughter to stay strong when she grows up.

"My biggest hope is that you never have to say 'me too,' " she said. "But, God forbid you do, I want you to know that you will be heard and believed, and that you should speak your truth. And know that mama is always here for you."


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