The founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, declared Friday “frustrated” by the ambiguity of potential candidates for the next US presidential elections regarding the fight against sexual violence, so she has launched a new “hasthag ”, #MeTooVoter, to pressure politicians and mobilize the vote of millions of allies.
“On the second anniversary of Me Too, the fourth presidential debate took place. We had the opportunity to listen to people who say they want to lead this country. It was the fourth time they lost the opportunity to give their position on sexual violence, ”lamented the American activist at an event in New Brunswick (New Jersey), where she was honored.
“Other leaders of the war against sexual violence and I were frustrated, why? This is one of the big problems of this decade, it is constantly in the media cycle talking about it. We have a president in the White House who is a self-proclaimed, self-proclaimed sexual predator, ”Burke emphasized to a family and diverse audience, who responded with applause.
The activist said that the “survivors” of sexual violence, especially women, are thought of as “poor people who have suffered, who must be given services and left there,” but recalled that 12 million people have used the "Me Too" tag on the internet to raise his voice, report stories of abuse and contribute to a change in culture.
“And the majority are in this country: they should know that these oppressed people are taxpayers, voters, leaders. If they want a leadership position in any government in this country, they must (…) not only say what their policies are or what type of legislation they will do. They really have to position themselves, because we need moral leadership, ”he defended.
Burke received the “Being Brave” award at an event dedicated to “women seeking security and new lives” organized by the local corporation Town Clock, which provides affordable and permanent accommodation for victims of violence by their “ intimate couples ”and seeks to replicate their model, since there are only 40 such facilities in the United States, as indicated.
The activist said she felt identified with the effort of the organization and wanted to support her cause because, she said, “it is not easy to get up every day and do the constant work of listening to these stories, supporting people, trying to raise money at the same time and Once you have a life of your own that is not affected by all this. ”
"We don't do this to be rich," Burke joked, who valued the mobilization of grassroots communities, "of the people on the street" as crucial, to carry out that project and also his, which was underway more than one decade before the Me Too movement went viral in October 2017.
On the occasion of the second anniversary of that moment, Burke admitted that he has learned that power is wanting: “I had a passion and dreams at first, I never saw this as a possibility. So I limited myself to my vision, and the biggest lesson I've learned in these last two years is that I can do this because I want to do it. ”
Likewise, the activist, for which many attendees expressed admiration, recalled that the Me Too movement is not a “women's movement”, but of survivors of sexual violence, which includes people who do not identify as women, also men and other identities within a broad spectrum.
The event, which was held in an auditorium of Rutgers University, gathered half a thousand people and featured musical performances, such as Grammy-winning gospel singer Monique Walker, and an act of solidarity in which a hundred men stood up "against domestic violence," according to the organization.
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