In 2006, Tarana Burke, a sexual assault survivor herself, used the phrase "Me Too" as a way to help women who have survived sexual violence, self identify and share in the pain. She used the phrase originally as a beacon of light to help Black women and girls, and other young women of color from low wealth communities find pathways to healing.
Fast-forward 10 years, and the phrase became the hashtag for thousands. After stories of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long abuse of women broke in the news the hashtag #MeToo exploded on social media as a vehicle for women to share their stories. The simple phrase is super-powerful and represents so much more to so many women who had experienced sexual violence or harassment.