'Me Too' Founder Shares Next Phase Of The Movement

Three years ago, the hashtag #MeToo went viral and changed the way we talk about sexual violence. Founder Tarana Burke is continuing to support survivors through the movement’s “second act,” the Me Too Act Too digital platform. 

As a guest on the And THAT’S That! podcast, Burke described the Me Too Act Too platform as a digital space that “expands [the movement’s] real estate” to include “people who have experienced it and people who haven’t experience it but recognize the humanity in wanting to end sexual violence, there is space for all of us.” 

The platform, a collaboration between the Me Too organization and FCB/SIX, a creative data marketing firm, allows users access volunteer work, donations, book recommendations, and more related to the organization's mission. The site also includes a button that allows users to easily exit the program if needed. 

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Burke described the purpose of the platform as a way to get people engaged at all levels: “The work to end sexual violence needs folks who are willing to march and join campaigns and volunteer and donate, but it also needs people who are invested in educating themselves about the realities of sexual violence.” 

Burke initially started the Me Too movement in 2006. In 2020, the movement remains relevant as the coronavirus pandemic has created conditions that make some groups even more vulnerable to assault and intimate partner violence. 

Burke said a survey her organization conducted showed that intimate partner violence survivors of color were more likely to have basic needs such as shelter and food unmet than white survivors. “These are overlapping issues that have been compounded by this virus.” she said. 

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