Tarana Burke is the founder and executive director of me too. International. The activist launched the movement in 2006 to promote unity among sexual violence survivors. Since then, the hashtag has been used by millions of people around the world, but Burke says many of the public sexual violence narratives have not included Black women, girls, trans and gender-nonconforming survivors. In order to change that, Burke and ‘me too.’ International teamed up with the National Women’s Law Center and TIME’S UP Foundation to launch We, As Ourselves. The new initiative aims to change the conversation about sexual violence and its impact on Black communities. Here, Burke speaks to PEOPLE about the new campaign and why it’s necessary to shine a light on the experiences of Black women.
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