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Me Too founder Tarana Burke: Movement is not over

Thursday, July 09, 2020

"Tarana began using the phrase 'Me Too' in 2006 to raise awareness of women who had been abused.

Eleven years later, it found global recognition after a viral tweet by actress Alyssa Milano.

Milano was one of the women who accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

Investigations led to his imprisonment earlier this year, but how has that affected the wider Me Too movement?

'Harvey Weinstein is a symbolic case. To see a high profile, rich white man be convicted of a crime in general is always astonishing,' Tarana tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

But the 46-year old says seeing what 'celebrity goes to jail or not, is not sustainable as a movement.'

What Tarana sees as a victory for Me Too is helping people not blame themselves for sexual violence committed against them and lead fuller lives.

'What we need to be talking about is the everyday woman, man, trans person, child and disabled person. All the people who are not rich, white and famous, who deal with sexual violence on everyday basis. We need to talk about the systems that are still in place that allow that to happen.'

Tarana says it's about dismantling the misuse of power and privilege which can also lead to racism and sexism.

This is something, she believes, recent Black Lives Matter protests have been addressing.

Tarana says there are similarities between Black Lives Matter and Me Too.

'They're about fighting against injustice. Both movements are predicated on undoing systems of oppression.'"

Read the full article here.