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She has called for all professionals who work with children to be fingerprinted and subjected to a background check before being cleared to start work.She advocates for sex education that teaches kids to report predatory behavior immediately.In response to criticism in the media, the authors defended themselves by saying they were only trying to warn their friends, had confirmed every case, and several victims from the list were poor students who had already been punished or ignored when trying to come forward.Moira Donegan, a former writer in the American news industry, privately shared a crowd-sourced Shitty Media Men list of people to avoid in publishing and journalism.Creator Tarana Burke accepts the title of the leader of the movement, but has stated she considers herself a worker of something much bigger.Burke has stated that this movement has grown to include both men and women of all colors and ages, and supports marginalized people in marginalized communities.
A 2017 poll by ABC News and The Washington Post also found that 54% of American women report receiving "unwanted and inappropriate" sexual advances with 95% saying that such behavior usually goes unpunished.
On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged spreading the phrase as part of an awareness campaign in order to reveal the ubiquity of the problem, tweeting: "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too.' as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem." Milano later acknowledged earlier use of the phrase by Burke, writing on Twitter, "I was just made aware of an earlier #Me Too movement, and the origin story is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring".
The original purpose of #Me Too by creator Tarana Burke was to empower women through empathy, especially the experiences of young and vulnerable brown or black women.
There is general agreement that a lack of effective reporting options is a major factor that drives unchecked sexual misconduct in the workplace.
In the United States, a 2016 report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that although 25–85% of women report sexual harassment at work, few ever report the incidents, most commonly due to fear of reprisal.