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Victims of sexual assault are speaking out.
In 2006, civil rights activist Tarana Burke first coined the phrase ‘Me Too’ to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society in hopes of helping survivors of sexual violence find “pathways to healing.”
Last December, the New York Times named ‘The Silence Breakers,’ women who came forward about sexual assault, as the “Person of the Year” for 2017. Being claimed as one of the “fastest-moving social changes” they’d seen in decades.
Since 1998, 17.7 million women have reported being a victim of sexual assault. By building this community of survivors from “all walks of life” Burke hopes to bring vital conversations of sexual violence into the mainstream.
Media around the world has unfortunately stigmatized survivors and those who have reported these assaults. Burke hopes to break these stigmas and shine a light on those living with the weight of what happened every day.
Burke has taken on the job of giving millions of women the hope they want, as well as the chance of showing people the importance of these discussions. It’s a fight to end sexual violence and heal communities.
“For too long, survivors of sexual assault and harassment have been in the shadows. We have been afraid to speak up, to say ‘Me Too’ and seek accountability,” Burke said.
Last year, the #Me Too movement gained ground, beginning in October 2017 as allegations against Hollywood producer and director Harvey Weinstein exploded.
Some other major #MeToo movements of 2017 include allegations of sexual misconduct against big names such as actor Jeremy Piven, former NFL quarterback Warren Moon, actor Casey Affleck, actor James Franco, chef Mario Batali, actor Kevin Spacey, former senate candidate Roy Moore, comedian Louis C.K., reporter Matt Lauer, actor Dustin Hoffman, President Donald Trump, former President George H.W. Bush, and actor George Takei.