#MeToo founder Tarana Burke on why every survivor of sexual violence is different and needs support


Founder of #MeToo Tarana Burke opened up on “Salon Talks” about her personal healing journey and how it led to her creating a worldwide movement. The activist, who was named as one of Time Magazine’s 2017 persons of the year, stressed the importance of human connection through the movement. “If you are somebody who has survived really any kind of trauma and somebody says to you, “me too,” then you know that if nothing else, you have a small connection between that person,” Burke told SalonTV. “That small connection can be the entry place where you start your healing process.”

It is those two words, me too, that forged a bond between survivors across the world. After 87 women accused the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of multiple forms of sexual harassment and assault, the movement continues to validate sexual abuse victims across multiple industries. Burke is clear on the movement’s commitment to supporting different kinds of stories, as she expressed in a Twitter thread that addresses the recent allegations against Asia Argento, a Weinstein victim. The #MeToo movement that began with Burke will still continue on and be valid regardless of who tries to discredit it. It’s still important for #MeToo to reach as many people as possible because as Burke says, “it was liberating to me to know that there were other people like me.”

Watch SalonTV’s full interview with Burke to learn more about her vision for #MeToo’s future. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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