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Activist who coined the phrase #MeToo coming to Notre Dame

As many as eight in 10 women experience sexual harassment in their lifetimes. (mpplc/Twenty20)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The activist who coined the phrase #MeToo more than a decade before it exploded as a global hashtag will speak this month at the University of Notre Dame.

Tarana Burke is scheduled to speak on Feb. 25 about the #MeToo movement as part of the university’s Black History Month events. The event at the campus’ DeBartolo Classroom Building is free and open to the public.

The South Bend Tribune reports that Burke is a New York civil rights activist who began using the phrase “Me Too” in 2006 to raise awareness about sexual abuse and assault, particularly among girls and women of color and in marginalized communities.

The phrase grew into a broader movement following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.

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