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MeToo Founder Tarana Burke: The campaign is now "unrecognizable"

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Tarana Burke told the TEDWomen conference that MeToo had gone a long way

The founder of the MeToo movement said that the fight against rape more than a decade ago was "unrecognizable".

He talked to TEDWomen in Palm Springs, Tarana Burke said the media play was about witch hunting.

"Suddenly, the movement towards the center of sexual violence survives as a vengeful act against people," he said.

"The victims will be heard and will be tampered with."

She wanted to return to the original MeToo intention when writing the words on a paper sheet in 2006 as a way of launching an action plan that would have done something about sexual violence in her community.

The term last year was a globally used hashtag on the claims made by producer Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but Mrs Burke says she feels the campaign neglects the people she helped.

"The Me Too movement concept is part of a collective vision that sees a world free of sexual violence," said delegations at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

"This is a gesture of the four girls and six boys sexually abused every year and who carry these wounds at an adult age," he says.

Mrs Burke has said of events such as Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, despite the fact that, despite the alleged suspicion of sexual abuse – which he denied – American politicians "pulled out of the question."

"This movement was called a watershed moment, but I woke up a few days for all the evidence to indicate the opposite," he said.

He ended his speech that the victims were not forced to re-trace their trauma when they talked about them and called for a "power and privilege" to continue.

"We have to renew ourselves and our children to understand that power and privileges do not always have to be destroyed and taken for granted – can be used to serve and build," he said.

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