PODCAST: Episode 32 – #MeToo

Sonia M. Benson
Consultant #5506
Nadine sits down with BK Consultant & Leader Ms. Sonia M Benson to discuss Sonia’s participation in the recent XSCAPE Concert VIP Lounges and the public’s response to the BK brand as well as a very important topic being discussed in the media right now, “Me Too”. Nadine and Sonia will discuss their thoughts on the topic and some implications for our BK community.

The Me Too campaign was started by an African American woman 10 years ago. In a recent article with Huffington Post, Tarana Burke, founder of youth organization Just Be Inc., created the “Me Too” campaign in 2007 long before hashtags even existed. The 44-year-old told Ebony Magazine that she created the campaign as a grass-roots movement to reach sexual assault survivors in underprivileged communities.

“It wasn’t built to be a viral campaign or a hashtag that is here today and forgotten tomorrow,” Burke told Ebony. “It was a catchphrase to be used from survivor to survivor to let folks know that they were not alone and that a movement for radical healing was happening and possible.”

“[I was] trying to find a succinct way to show empathy,” Burke also said.

“Me too is so powerful because somebody had said it to me and it changed the trajectory of my healing process once I heard that. Me too was about reaching the places that other people wouldn’t go, bringing messages and words and encouragement to survivors of sexual violence where other people wouldn’t be talking about it.”

Want to get in touch with Sonia? Email her at soniambenson@gmail.com