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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.

#MeToo : German tutor threatened with '#MeToo rape' in Bhopal



A 25-year-old German language tutor was threatened with gang rape and her student stabbed in the neck by a group of men who kept mocking her: “MeToo complain karegi? Tera rape kar denge." According to Times of India This horror unfolded in the middle of a traffic jam in the heart of Bhopal on Sunday night, but no one among the 100-odd bystanders bothered to help the duo.


The accused, who claimed to be journalists, escaped unhindered, still mocking the woman who was trying frantically to stop the bleeding from her student’s neck injury. Over 24 hour later, police are yet to arrest the suspects though she has given the registration number of the car they were in.A Dial-100 vehicle responded to her call and escorted her to MP Nagar police station where she filed a complaint. MP Nagar SHO Upendra Bhati said they have registered a case and will nab the suspects soon.

Anyone who was witnessed the event at MP Nagar on Sunday evening around 7.30 pm near Milan sweets should report the pictures or video to Dial 100 on twitter. It will help police trace the culprits.

#MeToo movement: Junior foreign minister MJ Akbar resigned over sexual harassment allegations by more than a dozen women.

#MeToo movement: Junior foreign minister MJ Akbar resigned over sexual harassment allegations by more than a dozen women. The journalist-turned-politician said he was stepping down from office to challenge the charges levelled against him in a personal capacity. On Monday, Akbar had filed a criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani, the first to accuse him of relentless sexual advances towards women. But as many as 20 journalists came out in Ramani’s support, saying they would testify in court against the minister.

Maneka Gandhi proposes panel to probe #MeToo allegations

Union minister Maneka Gandhi and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Friday strongly backed women who narrated their experiences of sexual misconduct and more as the #MeToo floodgates opened wider with high-profile directors Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai and Luv Ranjan the latest to be 'outed'. While big Bollywood projects 'Housefull 4' and 'Mogul' faced an uncertain future with their stars saying they would not work with those accused of sexual harassment, Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said she plans to set up a panel of legal experts to look into the allegations.

 She also asserted that she believes in the "pain and trauma" of every complainant. The Congress president said the truth needs to be told "loud and clear in order to bring about change". "It's about time everyone learns to treat women with respect and dignity. I'm glad the space for those who don't, is closing," Rahul Gandhi said in his first comments on the #MeToo movement. Neither of the two Gandhis spoke on the multiple allegations against Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, who has been accused by several former women colleagues of sexual harassment when he served as editor at various media organisations.

Providing details on the proposed committee, Maneka Gandhi, in an interview to Doordarshan News, said that “for many years” there was a burden on women, that even if they were “humiliated” verbally or by touch, “the woman never used to speak up, even if she was 80 years old”. But now, they have “found the strength”. The committee, she said, will include four retired judges and a”strong lawyer as an amicus” and will “conduct independent hearings”.

Tanushree Dutta says she was sexually abused by an actor, asserts #MeToo will never reach Bollywood



Over the last few months, countless celebrities have opened up about their experiences with sexual harassment and assault in entertainment industry (thank you, Harvey Weinstein). The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have extended well past Hollywood, giving voice to those who have experienced sexual abuse in any capacity.

Now, after Radhika Apte, Richa Chadda, Swara Bhasker and Konkona SenSharma, another Bollywood actor is speaking up -- Tanushree Dutta. Though many parts of her story are already painfully public, the Aashiq Banaya Aapne actor, in a candid interview with News 18, opened up about being sexually abused and explained how the #MeToo movement has made her feel.

#MeToo : Social media flooded with unexpected hastag !!!




If you are active or remotely active on social media, then you couldn’t have missed the latest trending hashtag! #MeToo

Two simple words became a rallying cry on Twitter to stand against sexual harassment and assault.

On Sunday actress Alyssa Milano tweeted a note that read "Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote "Me too" as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."
"If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," she wrote. The movement started in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and its ensuing fall out.

So, this past weekend, and later on Facebook, women (and some men) around the world responded with two words: “Me too.” They hashtagged posts #MeToo to share their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault, and to de-stigmatize speaking out. Some told their personal stories, some didn’t.

My social media feeds have been awash with a heartbreaking flood of “#MeToo” tags, along with stories that will haunt me forever.

But #MeToo woke me.

And I can’t go back to the way things were. I would be more surprised if any woman didn’t post #MeToo. Because unfortunately, we are used to this treatment—it has just been normalized. Some experiences are clear-cut.

Women have been whistled to on streets and faced sexist innuendos at work. They have been assaulted as children and as adults. They have faced attacks from strangers on streets, family friends and mentors at work. They have been dismissed, patronized and silenced, catcalled, assaulted, beaten, raped and killed. This has happened in streets, shops, buses and trains, cabs and autos, in bedrooms and boardrooms, in broad daylight and in the dead of night. This has happened to days-old infants and old and infirm women.

And the thing is, we already know the answer. It’s there, just waiting for us to ask the question. We knew the difference between making a regrettable but consensual choice and an assault. We knew the difference between an unrequited crush and stalking. We knew the difference between making a mistake and being raped.

The bigger question is why we never spoke out, even when we knew deep down it was wrong?
There are plenty of reasons:
Fears of being disbelieved, personally scrutinized, shamed, ridiculed, blackballed, having your name publicly tied forever to an ugly thing that happened to you.

There’s the ordeal of having to defend your account against your aggressor’s and having to explain what happened over and over again.

And then, of course, there’s not wanting to be the victim. Part of being a liberated, independent, career-focused, empowered woman, is to be tough too. Instead of addressing it, we worked around it. We moved in packs to protect one another. We warned other women in our industry which men to steer clear of.  Over coffee’s and in women-only office chat rooms, we talked about everyday sexism, about the awful experiences we had endured, and we helped each other pick up the pieces. We only cried in the women’s bathroom, never gave men the satisfaction of knowing we were rattled.

Isn’t that the real problem – acknowledgement and consequences.

Acknowledging that it happens and breaking the silence is the first step towards realization. Most people seem to have resorted to a somewhat uncomfortable silence. Oh Yes, many men won’t comment but they have noticed it! Isn’t it important for men to engage in these conversations. Truth is that nothing will really change in a lasting way until the social consequences for men are too great for them to risk hurting us.

Even though the movement started off as a women-centric movement, it grew to include queer and cis-male experiences also.

This trend is important as it marks a shift from victim blaming, slut shaming, mansplaining and general patronizing to women speaking for themselves. Coming from a culture that tries to silence the woman by scaring her about repercussions that her assertions may have on her career, her image or even the career of her perpetrators, and shames her for ‘bringing the harassment or assault on herself’, thereby holding the woman responsible through her dress, her mannerisms or even her being at a particular place at a particular time.

I have faith that society will evolve. Speaking out is the first step towards this evolution. Maybe soon, we’ll move on from the passive voice of #MeToo