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Founder of #MeToo movement makes appearance in Michigan

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The founder of the #MeToo movement made an appearance in Michigan.

Tarana Burke spoke to a crowd of hundreds at Michigan State University on Thursday night, and many hope her appearance will bring more attention to the challenges the school faces.

She kick-started the #MeToo campaign in 2006 by raising awareness of sexual assault and has seen it blossom into a global phenomenon.

Burke said she came to MSU in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal to help survivors realize they're not alone and provide resources for those who need a pathway to heal.

"If you talk to survivors, nine times out of 10 they will say the first five things that they want have nothing to do with the perpetrator. They want to be seen, they want to be healed, they want to be believed, they want a community...they'll name a bunch of things before they get to what they want done to the perpetrator and so we have to listen to what survivors are actually saying they want,” Burke said.

Burke said in order for the school to move forward it's important to recognize a systemic problem and actually listen to survivors to help the community heal.

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