Being Honest about Sexual Violence, Tarana Burke
The ‘me too.’ movement isn’t about taking down strong men— it’s about dismantling the power structures that have allowed sexual violence to flourish.
TARANA BURKE: If there's anything that we're taking down as a movement, it's no individual person, but it's this dismantling of the power structures that allow sexual violence to be as insidious as it is. And that happens, the way you dismantle those power structures is by truth. That old idea of speaking truth to power comes from the idea that the more truth that you tell, the less power people have to lord over you because your-- our truth is powerful in and of itself.
If this level of visibility and-- and, like, acknowledgment does anything, it gives me the opportunity to bring those ideas into rooms, and places, and to people who are in a position to do something about it, and to become a person who's in a position to do something about it.