When the activist Tarana Burke started the original “Me Too” movement more than a decade ago on MySpace, she never imagined what a force it would become. Then on Oct. 15, 2017, the actress Alyssa Milano shared on Twitter a friend’s suggestion that “women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted” write “Me too” in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations earlier that month. The #MeToo hashtag instantly went viral. And Burke was thrust into the global spotlight.
In the year since the movement upended entertainment and politics, Burke has been working to ensure that Me Too doesn’t lose sight of its mission: to connect survivors of sexual assault to the resources they need in order to heal. To mark the one-year anniversary of #MeToo’s rise, Burke will unveil a number of new initiatives, including a series of public service announcements and a website intended as a hub for survivors. There is also a plan, in its early stages, to work with Hollywood writers’ rooms to address how they handle sexual abuse on the screen.
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