In 2006, Tarana J. Burke started using the phrase “Me Too,” talking about sexual violence on MySpace. Her goal was to support survivors, especially Black women and girls. 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 been happening only quietly, in small groups, among survivors and people who care about them, became public.
In Canada, the #MeToo movement led to the formation of Aftermetoo, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to ending sexual violence in the workplace.