When Tarana Burke invited women from her support group to go public with the abuse they had suffered, she knew that bringing sexual assualt and harassment to the spotlight was the first step towards talking about it.
Burke helped young, underprivileged black women in the US from working-class families, who were victims of sexual assault, rape, etc. They needed to release this burden from their shoulders, to be heard, seen and validated.
It was a way of freeing themselves of this secret in order to process it, come to terms with it, analyze it; and it also helped other women to feel like they weren’t alone and/or to be on the lookout. As these efforts didn’t receive a lot of media coverage at that time, the ripple effect wasn’t that great. For example, in Cuba, we know very little about what happened with the Me Too movement in the first decade of the 21st century.