Support and Healing: #MeToo Movement

Lillian Borah, Reporter

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In 2006 Tarana Burke started a movement to help women who have been sexually abused. Burke was a youth director at a camp when a little girl tried to share her story with her but got rejected because Tarana couldn’t bear to whisper the words to me too. On Moxietalk, Tarana Burke said, “It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow. It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.”

The me too movement tries to affirm empowerment through empathy and community-based actions. In doing this they have to look at different communities. This movement started focusing on black women in poor communities but has spread to communities of every race, gender, and community. In the communities, Tarana Burke works to find advocates to help support and uplift the victims in their communities. 

  Since Tarana Burke can’t get to everyone she has guides to how to heal from sexual assault and how to help people who have been assaulted called toolkits. This is a way so everyone who strives for help or to help someone can get it one way or another. These toolkits give information about how predators get to the point of sexual abuse so you can look for signs, ways to make sure every one of a different race and gender can come together for gender equality, and how you can practice and receive healing. All of these will help people grow in a community and be all-around safer.

  This whole movement was designed to help sexual abuse victims. It has been a powerful organization that has helped tons of people across the world. Tarana Burke once said, “These women are able not just to share their shame but to put their shame where it belongs: on the perpetrator.” The main goal of this organization is to make sure women put these feelings on things other than on themselves. Tarana Burke feels like that is the most important thing.