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Tarana Burke : The lady who started the #MeToo movement long before twitter hashtag

Have you heard of #MeToo? If you're on social media, watch the news or occasionally browse the web, chances are you probably have.

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal, it has been virtually impossible to avoid the hashtag.

#MeToo has been tweeted millions of times - encouraging people across the world to come forward with their stories of harassment and abuse.

When she created a community initiative to connect survivors of sexual violence, Tarana Burke could never have imagined that one day it would become a global movement.

#MeToo Rising in India

India has been very vocal about the #MeToo uprising. Citing media intelligence firm Meltwater, Times of India reports that the country accounted for a quarter of online conversations on the subject in October, ahead of the US. The movement found nearly 29,000 mentions in editorial news in India, and 3.7 mentions on social media globally. Earlier, a Google Trends tool showed people across the country were searching for the speak-out hashtag, quashing claims of the movement being elitist. #MeToo has taken down several powerful men in its wake, including junior foreign minister MJ Akbar and filmmaker Sajid Khan.

The #MeToo movement, which began in the United States more than a year ago  gained traction in India late September after actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of inappropriate behavior on the sets of a film they were shooting in 2008.

Since then, the hashtag has became a rallying cry against sexual harassment, with multiple women coming out with their #MeToo stories. The list of some of the prominent names who have been caught in the web of #MeTooIndia allegations so far can be read here
Globally after the #MeToo movement, Employment lawyers and executive compensation experts say some companies have begun tweaking employment agreements with top executives, being more explicit about sexual harassment in the wording of severance arrangements or in their language about what constitutes “cause” for termination -- which can allow them to avoid paying severance or accelerating the vesting of stock when someone is shown the door.

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Google created Me Too Rising, a visualization of the global #MeToo movement through Google Trends data.  

On the site, you can look at global interest starting last fall and watch as consciousness spreads over time. In the past year, #MeToo has been searched in 195 countries—that's every country on earth. You can see the cities where it was trending on different dates and see what’s happening now at local levels with city-specific Google Search results for “Me Too.” And the sexual assault resources page has information for anyone who needs help or wants to learn more about sexual assault.There was an article by first post which states that  " India shines bright for the wrong reasons on Google's interactive map on #MeToo movement ".  Here is the site for reference

About Tarana Burke 
Tarana Burke (born September 12, 1973) is an African-American civil rights activist from The Bronx, New York who founded the Me Too movement. In 2006, Burke began using the phrase "Me Too" to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society, and the phrase developed into a broader movement, following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. Time named Burke, among a group of other prominent activists dubbed "the silence breakers", as the Time Person of the Year for 2017. Burke attends public speaking events across the country and is currently Senior Director at Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn.

Burke was born in The Bronx, New York, and raised in the area. She grew up in a low-income, working-class family in a housing project and was raped and sexually assaulted both as a child and a teenager. Her mother supported her recovery from these violent acts and encouraged her to be involved in the community. In her biography she states that these experiences inspired her to work improve the lives of girls who undergo extreme hardships. As a teenager, she became involved in working to improve the lives of young girls living in marginalized communities. Burke attended Alabama State University then transferred and graduated from Auburn University. During her time in college, she organized press conferences and protests regarding economic and racial justice.

What is Metoo campaign?
Tarana Burke, a social activist and community organizer, began using the phrase "Me Too" in 2006, on the Myspace social network as part of a campaign to promote "empowerment through empathy" among women of color who have experienced sexual abuse, particularly within underprivileged communities.

What is the #timesup movement?
Time's Up (movement) Time's Up is a movement against sexual harassment and was founded on January 1, 2018, by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Weinstein effect and #MeToo. As of February 2018, it has raised $20 million for its legal defense fund, and gathered over 200 volunteer lawyers.

Sruthi Hariharan accused popular pan-south India actor Arjun Sarja of sexually assaulting her during the shoot of the bilingual film 'Vismaya'.

A week after actor Sangeetha Bhatt became the first prominent face from the Kannada film industry to speak up on #MeToo, popular actor Sruthi Hariharan has accused popular pan-south India actor Arjun Sarja of sexually assaulting her during the shoot of the bilingual film Vismaya.

In a long Facebook post where she detailed the alleged harassment she faced, Sruthi said she was excited about working with Arjun Sarja as she grew up watching his films. She accused the actor of running his hands up and down her back and pulling her towards his body without her consent during the rehearsal of a romantic scene.

“The first few days seemed normal, I played his wife in the film and that day we were to do a romantic scene where we had to hug each other after a brief dialogue. During the rehearsal, we delivered our lines and Mr. Arjun hugs me. With no forewarning or permission, he runs his hands intimately up and down my back. He pulls me closer with my body taut against his and asks the director if we could use this idea of foreplay in the scene. I was aghast,” she wrote describing the incident.

She continued, “I am all for depicting realism in cinema, but this felt absolutely wrong. His intent seemed anything but professional. I hated that he did it and angry that I didn't know what to say then.”

She also stated no other actor she has worked with suggested such improvisation.

However, this was not the only incident. She further alleged, “During the course of production, every smutty innuendo he made, created an unpalatable work environment for me. His salacious invitations to meet him after work appalled me.”

India’s #MeToo wave reaches government

From celebrities to journalists to ministers, India’s #MeToo movement is taking down powerful men in its wake. After journalist Priya Ramani accused junior foreign minister MJ Akbar of inappropriate behaviour, several women came forward with similar stories. Earlier, AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat stepped down for inaction after a woman accused his former colleague Utsav Chakraborty of sexual assault even as Gursimran Khamba, another AIB co-founder, was “put on temporary leave” following sexual harassment allegations. Other big names include Hindustan Times’ Prashant Jha, actors Nana Patekar and Alok Nath, film director Vikas Bahl and author Chetan Bhagat.

#MetooIndia Movement catching momentum in India

In 2017, India was witness to the widespread #MeToo movement online, which prompted many survivors to speak up on social media about the harassment and abuse that they had faced over the years and continued to. It was also the year that a list of academics accused of sexual harassment was published by Raya Sarkar, which lead to a larger debate about due process and its failings — the very reason that prompted the making of such a list.

How #MeToo movement started ?

The Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), with many local and international alternatives, is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault. #MeToo spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. It followed soon after the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.Tarana Burke, an American social activist and community organizer, began using the phrase "Me Too" as early as 2006, and the phrase was later popularized by American actress Alyssa Milano, on Twitter in 2017. Milano encouraged victims of sexual harassment to tweet about it and "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem". This was met with success that included but was not limited to high-profile posts from several American celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Lawrence and Uma Thurman.

The phrase "Me too" was tweeted by Milano around noon on October 15, 2017, and had been used more than 200,000 times by the end of the day, and tweeted more than 500,000 times by October 16. On Facebook, the hashtag was used by more than 4.7 million people in 12 million posts during the first 24 hours. The platform reported that 45% of users in the United States had a friend who had posted using the term.

#MetooIndia Movement

Our society is decaying as we live and breathe.

It seems mostly everyone has had some type of sexual misconduct in their lives. And it has taken decades for many to bring up that experience into their current reality. It’s a nightmare all over again.

It all started with writer Mahima Kukreja calling out comedian Utsav Chakraborty for sending her a picture of his genitalia without consent.

“This happened two years ago. I was new to the city (Mumbai). He sent me a dick pic. I told Tanmay Bhat and Kunal Kamra about it. Kamra alerted others of Utsav’s behaviour. But AIB continued to give him work. A 17-year-old intern at OML had to quit because of workplace harassment. If people had held Utsav accountable for his behaviour then, he would not have gone and harassed so many other women. I am myself mentally exhausted and in trauma reading account after account of women who are writing in to me about his behaviour. I’m glad people are talking about it,” she said over the phone.

She posted screenshots of her chats with other women who shared similar incidents when Chakraborty privately messaged them asking for nude pictures, his phone number, or sent them dick pics. Among the accusers is a woman who was 17 when the stand up comic allegedly asked her for a photo that showed her cleavage. Chakraborty put out a tweet saying he has never asked an underage person for nudes. Kukreja says a floodgate of allegations will open if more women come forward. Comedy collective All India Bakchod put out a statement saying they were sorry and that they “let their cognitive biases do the work our critical faculties should have”.

In response, Chakraborty, who first spoke of “context”, and belligerently challenged his accusers, later said he was sorry and faced a “scary personal truth”.

“It's a little too late now but I am sorry. I really am. The past 24 hours were a crucible. I faced a very scary personal truth. I can't think of myself as a victim anymore. Please tell me what to do now. How to make things right? I don't want anyone to be hurt anymore,” he wrote. What is evident is the complicity of men in the industry who have helped people like Chakraborty thrive and continue to get work.

In a  separate instance, Sandhya Manon ( accused Gautam Adhikari, who was editor in chief of the Mumbai edition of DNA at the time of the incident. She says that after an evening outing, when he was dropping her home, he forcibly kissed her and later warned her against telling anyone else that it happened.

#MetooIndia movement is catching momentum and people are coming out on Social Media platform like twitter to post their anger.