#MeToo founder calls for accountability, change

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who ignited the worldwide #MeToo movement spoke to a group of hundreds at a conference in Grand Rapids Thursday evening.

Tarana Burke's viral work is giving a louder voice to victims of sexual abuse. The #MeToo hashtag has been plastered over social media and headlines, but Burke made it clear that her vision is much more than that.

"Our goal is not just to raise awareness," the award-winning activist said from the podium at the JW Marriott downtown. "This is an action movement. It is about taking action and making change."

Burke was the keynote speaker at the 2018 Inforum West Michigan Capstone dinner, sharing her call to action with area professionals.

Afterward, 24 Hour News 8 spoke to her about several topics, including the Larry Nassar scandal.

"In this year, the Larry Nassar case is one of the most stellar examples of survivors taking leadership and what this movement should look like," Burke said, referring to the hundreds of girls and women who confronted Nassar in court. "It should be the survivors at the forefront voicing their opinions, talking about their experiences; and their experiences being center in coming up with solutions."

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