In 2006, human rights activist, Tarana Burke founded the #MeToo movement to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault and abuse in society. She originally created the movement to support young, disadvantaged women of colour to heal from their experiences of sexual abuse, sexual assault and exploitation. Little did Tarana know that 11 years later the movement would become a global phenomenon overnight.
#MeToo - a global phenomenon
In October 2017, the #MeToo movement went viral after Hollywood
actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a call-out to victims in the wake of the
Harvey Weinstein allegations "so we might give people a sense of the
magnitude of the problem."
Overnight, the #MeToo movement became a global phenomenon, with women and men in 85 countries around the world using the hashtag to bring attention to sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, in an effort to bring about change.
The 'Silence Breakers' - 2017 Person of the Year
Time magazine went on to name the millions
of people who spoke out against sexual
violence and harassment the 'Silence
Breakers', and subsequently awarded the
#MeToo movement as it's 2017 Person of
the Year. Time Magazine editor Edward
Felsenthal acknowledged all of the inspirational individuals for giving their 'voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable'.
Tarana Burke responded to the award with a call for 'a complete cultural transformation if we are to eradicate sexual assault in our lifetimes' and posed the question ....
'when you hear #MeToo, will you stand up and say #NoMore?'.
I certainly will.
Tips for safe participation in the #MeToo movement
February 1, 2018