‘Me Too’ movement founder speaks in Wichita, says more work needs to be done

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Guilty, that was the verdict Thursday in the trial of Bill Cosby. He was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. 

It’s the first high-profile trial of the “Me Too” movement. 

The woman who founded the movement is in Wichita, speaking tonight.

Tarana Burke wants those who hear her Thursday night at WSU to know it is OK to share their stories of survival and it’s important for the community to come together to address sexual assault and violence. 

WSU student Sarah Myose says the conversation on sexual assault is one she’s replayed in her head, and it’s one she relates to.

“It was definitely a really traumatic experience for me,” said Sarah Myose.

Myose says she was sexually assaulted by a person she knew during her first year at school. KSN typically does not identify those who have been assaulted, but she wanted to go on camera to share her story. 

She says she was scared and shocked. 

“I kind of froze,” said Myose. “My body kind of froze.”

But today, Myose advocates for survivors like herself, and says coming out about her experience has helped her heal. She thinks there has been a lot of progress with the “Me Too” movement, but she says it needs to go further.

“Focus on the stories of people of color, people of marginalized communities, I think that is a focus we should work on in the future,” said Myose. 

That focus is also the goal of a a man who is also a survivor of sexual assault. He asked to not be identified. 

“There’s a misconception that women can’t do that to men and that kind of makes it hard for people like me to come out about this,” he said. 

He says he was sexually assaulted by a woman after he had been drinking. When he told people about the attack, some told him he shouldn’t be upset by it. 

“They didn’t understand why I was crying in my sleep so it was pretty sad,” he said. 

“Me Too” founder Tarana Burke says there is more work that needs to be done for all survivors of sexual assault. 

“We’ve only been having this conversation for six months and the conversation has been largely focused on celebrity and on powerful men and things like that that are very different than peoples’ everyday reality,” said Burke. 

Hopes are that more people will be inspired to join the fight against sexual violence. 

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