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I shared for the first time last week that in public I had shared with a few friends and with my mother when I was around 16 or so that I had been sexually abused as a child as a five year old by a young man who was 15 at the time and I knew even as a 5 year old that that meant that I if I shared these with my parents they would feel pain.
I didn't share it with them.
I was confused and ashamed and thought maybe it was my fault.
But it was really my desire to not cause pain to my parents that motivated me to to hold that information and I think that's why it's one of the many reasons why so many survivors choose not to share. Because when you share it's not just painful for you it's painful for the people who love you.
Tarana, you're listening to this unfold of course you yourself were in the hearings when Christine Blasry Ford and Kavanaugh testified.
Just because you've been at this for so long and you founded this movement back in 2006 I just want know what you thought and how you assess that moment when Ana Maria and Maria confronted Flake and that it did actually cause him to push that pause button.
That moment was gripping.
I think there's no survivor of sexual violence who could watch that without tears and without such a feeling of pride. And I just want to say thank you so much while I have you just here in earshot. For what.
For what the both of you did it was so brave and it was so vulnerable.
And on the one hand watching it, my heart goes out to survivors who continuously have to put ourselves on the line and put our stories out there and be vulnerable in order for people to see us as fully human beings and to see us as people who deserve to to have to be believed and to be heard and to be seen.
And so that part is painful.
But on the other hand to know that that it stood for something that meant something and that it was an end result.
That was what we were looking for. So you know I see this happen so many times so sexual.
Survivors of sexual violence have to carry our burden around with us. And we have to show people evidence in our pain of how serious this issue is.
They don't make other people do that.
They don't make survivors of other crimes do that. Survivors of Sexual Violence continuously have to carry this burden around like it's ours to bear and it's not our burden to bear.
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Christiane Amanpour interviews Tarana Burke, founder of MeToo & Ana Maria Archila who confronted U.S. Senate Republican Jeff Flake; and Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Secretary. Hari Sreenivasan interviews Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Initialized Capital.LEARN MORE