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‘Me Too’ activist uses social justice as a path to healing

In a conversation in Cubberley Auditorium Tuesday evening, civil rights activist Tarana Burke discussed her activism regarding sexual assault, her experience with abuse and her path to healing as a survivor. One of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, she coined the phrase “Me Too” in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual assault. Burke discussed Me Too’s development into a broader movement following the 2016 use of #MeToo as a hashtag. She shared that her work to interrupt sexual violence was not only a quest for social justice, but also a personal path to healing.

Racial reckonings

The #MeToo movement could not have done the work it needed to do without the backing of large media corporations and publications like the The New York Times and The New Yorker, without the (in)famous spreadsheet, the long-rumored journalistic investigations and the utilitarian confessional hashtag. But where #MeToo has succeeded with the aid of mainstream…