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Founder of MeToo Tarana Burke: Campaign is now "Unrecognizable"

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Tarana Burke told the TEDWomen conference, MeToo had a long way to go

The founder of the MeToo Movement has said that the campaign against sexual abuse, which she began more than ten years ago, has become "unrecognizable" to her.

Speaking to TEDWomen Palm Springs, Tarana Burke said that the media response has triggered a movement as witch hunt.

"Suddenly, moving to a center of sexual abuse is being discussed as an insult to men," she said.

"People are being heard and then fake."

She wanted to return to the original intention she had made to MeToo when she wrote the words on paper in 2006 to launch an action plan to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community.

Last year, this phrase became a globally used hashtag, which was expressed against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but she claimed that the campaign ignored the ones that were created to help.

"My vision of my excessive movement is part of a collective vision for seeing a world without sexual abuse," she told delegates at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

"This is a movement for one in four girls and one in six boys who are sexually abused every year and whose wounds have reached their age," she says.

Mrs Burke said after the events, such as the election of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, despite claims of sexual abuse that he denied, it seems that US politicians "came back from the question".

"This movement is called a waterway, but a few days I woke up the feeling that all evidence suggests the opposite," she said.

She ended her speech on the grounds that the victims would not be forced to survive the trauma when they talked about them, and she called for the fight against "power and privileges" to continue.

"We need to renew ourselves and our children in order to understand that power and privilege are not necessarily destroyed and taken away, it can be used to serve and build," she said.

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