#MeToo was created in 2006 by Tarana Burke to help survivors of sexual assault and to ensure survivors that they are not alone in their journey. In October 2017, #MeToo went viral on Twitter, and this group became an international organization, where survivors from all over the world were sharing their stories and creating support groups for all women affected by sexual violence. They are fighting to end sexual violence and are committed to “disrupting all systems that allows sexual violence to flourish.” This will allow survivors of sexual violence to start their healing process. Additionally, Burke hopes to destigmatize survivors by bringing important conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream to show how prominent this issue is in our global society. Primarily, this group was started to help young women of color (from low wealth communities) because this group is the most marginalized in society. At the end of the day, this group wants to communicate the message to all survivors—no matter their gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ability status, or socioeconomic status—so that they are not alone in their journey. 

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  • Spread awareness about how big the problem of sexual harassment is and show that it is an institutional problem

  • Give survivors of sexual abuse a support system

  • Call out abusers and remove them from positions of power

  • Encourage bystander intervention

  • Provide resources to sexual assault victims

  • Reduce stigma associated with victims that say it was their fault they got assaulted

  • Spark global conversation on the issues surrounding sexual assault and sexual violence

  • Speak to the needs of all survivors, no matter the survivor’s gender, race, age, sexual orientation, ability status or socioeconomic status

  • Create long term systemic change


There is no one group that is in opposition to this group. Rather, there are people with certain ideologies that are in opposition with the ideas of this group. Specifically, those involved in strong patriarchal institutions are in opposition of this group. Additionally, some groups are arguing that sexual harassment against men is not being included in the conversation, so "men's rights" are being silenced. Here are a couple articles that share opposing viewpoints on #MeToo.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/golden-globes-metoo.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/movies/catherine-deneuve-and-others-d...

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