‘Silence Breakers’ Like GGE’s Tarana Burke named TIME Person of the Year

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This year, girls and women across the globe made the media confront the reality of sexual assault and harassment by telling their stories with the hashtag #MeToo. As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, our Senior Director, Tarana Burke, strove to ensure that women of color, transgender folks, and gender nonconforming folks across identities were not left behind.

She’s quick to point out that American Indians are 2.5x more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than members of any other race, or that low-income women experience some of the highest rates of sexual violence in the US.

Today, TIME is honoring women and men, from movie stars to farmworkers, who have boldly broken their silence about the sexual misconduct they’ve faced. But for over a decade, Tarana has been cautious, critical, and courageous in amplifying the harms of sexual violence marginalized folks have endured and the work they done in spite of it. “We have to keep our focus on people of different class and race and gender,” she told TIME. She is continuing this work both as the founder of me tooand in her role at Girls for Gender Equity. GGE is incredibly proud to be the fiscal sponsor of Tarana’s me too. movement.

We know today’s milestone is not a finish line.

We must continue the work of supporting survivors and stopping sexual violence in our communities.

Talk to young people about the realities of sexual harassment. In 2011, we published Hey Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets, because of the harrowing truths young people shared with us. It is never too early.

Support the me too. movement. Tarana is carefully planning me too.’s next steps so that the voices and needs of marginalized survivors are continuously amplified. Your donations are key.

Donate to me too. here.

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