MeToo Founder: Movement Has Become a ’Plot Against Men'
Burke spoke at TEDWomen talk in California claiming the movement had denounced victims
Founder of the METOO movement, Tarana Burke, has revealed the campaign against sexual assault propelled by the Harvey Weinstine scandal was driven too far, making it "unrecognizable" since it started ten years ago.
Burke spoke at TEDWomen talk in California claiming the movement had denounced victims sexual violence and was interpreted as a "plot" against men by the media.
"Suddenly, a movement to center survivors of sexual violence is being talked about as a vindictive plot against men. Victims are heard and then vilified," she stated.
Burke launched the MeToo movement in 2006 to address the sexual violence she witnessed in her community.
As more Hollywood celebrities began sharing their ordeals, the Meetoo campaign went viral across social media.
The witch hunt against men
"My vision for the Me Too movement is part of a collective vision to see a world free of sexual violence," Burke added.
"This is a movement about the one in four girls and the one in six boys who are sexually abused every year, and who carry those wounds into adulthood."
She also claimed US politicians were “pivoting away from the issue” as they attempted to use the movement to smear Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the US Supreme Court despite facing accusations of sexual abuse.
"This movement has been called a watershed moment, but some days I wake up feeling that all the evidence points to the contrary."
"My vision for the MeToo movement is part of a common vision to see a world free of sexual violence. I believe we can build that world. Full stop,|" she said.
"We start by dismantling the building blocks of sexual violence: power and privilege. This starts by shifting our culture away from a focus on individual bad actors or depraved, isolated behavior."
"Instead, we must recognize that any person sitting in a position of power comes with privilege, rendering those without power vulnerable — whether it's a boss and employee, coach and athlete, landlord and tenant or another similar dynamic."
Closing off her speech, Ms. Burke described how authority and privilege could be used for the greater good.
"We have to re-educate ourselves and our children to understand that power and privilege doesn't always have to destroy and take - it can be used to serve and build."