In 2006, Black American social justice and civil rights worker Tarana Burke started using the phrase "Me Too," talking on MySpace about sexual violence. Her goal was to say 'I'm not ashamed,' 'I'm not alone,' 'I see you, I hear you, I understand you and I'm here for you.'"
In 2017, actress Alyssa Milano used the hashtag #MeToo in a tweet encouraging people to talk publicly about harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.
That launched a global movement. Since 2017, millions of people around the world have used the #MeToo hashtag. A conversation about sexual violence that had previously been happening only quietly, in small groups, among survivors and people who care about them, is now public.
In Canada, the #MeToo movement led to the formation of Aftermetoo, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to ending sexual violence in the workplace.
We've staged a symposium on workplace sexual violence in the Canadian entertainment industry. We've surveyed people in the performing arts in Canada, to find out more about their experiences. We've published a report laying out policy recommendations. We've developed the Aftermetoo Fund, which has given out $80,000 to organizations supporting people who are experiencing sexual violence.
Our current project: we are building a website supporting survivors of workplace sexual harassment in Canada.
Our goal is to create workplaces where employees can go to work and not get sexually harassed.
We create the tools to achieve this.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Fund and the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program.