#MeToo Movement Founder Speaks at U of I

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The founder of the #MeToo movement spoke to students Tuesday at the University of Iowa.

In 2006, Tarana Burke was the first person to use the phrase "me too" as a way to show how common sexual assaults and misconduct are. The phrase sparked a movement last year with protests and accusations against prominent figures.

Burke spoke Tuesday at the Iowa Memorial Union about the importance of opening the conversation to everyone, not just a specific gender or person of color. The movement is something students say has affected life on campus as well.

"A lot more dialogue going on whereas perhaps before people tended to victim blame or it seemed extremely tabooed that people didn't want to talk about it. You see more discussions going on in classes and in student organizations," said Jackie Chu.

The #MeToo movement won the honor of being Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2017.

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