Posted by Madeline Head
The campaign of “Me Too” has taken social media by storm. The campaign received attention because actress Alyssa Milano asked followers on Twitter to share their own stories of sexual harassment and assault using the phrase ‘me too’, as reported by the Huffpost.
The Huffpost continued to report, a woman named Tarana Burke was the original creator of the ‘me too’ campaign, which was aimed at underprivileged sexual assault survivors.
“It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow,” Burke told Huffpost on Monday. “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.”
Burke continued to tell Huffpost that it’s “powerful” to see the hashtag go viral. “What’s happening now is powerful,” she said. “And I salute it and the women who have disclosed but the power of using ‘me too’ has always been in the fact it can be a conversation starter or the whole conversation – but it was us talking to us.”
The reason Burke created the movement was because:
“[I was] trying to find a succinct way to show empathy,” Burke said. “Me too is so powerful because somebody had said it to me and it changed the trajectory of my healing process once I heard that. Me too was about reaching the places that other people wouldn’t go, bringing messages and words and encouragement to survivors of sexual violence where other people wouldn’t be talking about it.
This movement, campaign, is imperative to society. There are countless women and men that have been the victims of sexual assault and harassment. The time for silence is over. The message of ‘me too’ is to show that we will stick together and rise up and end these horrific acts. Let your voice be heard. It is important.