Fifteen years have passed since Tarana Burke first originated the #MeToo movement to end sexual abuse and harassment – a campaign that forever changed social discourse following the extensive allegations made against movie producer Harvey Weinstein in 2017.

Using this critical juncture as a jumping off point, we’ve invited a panel of experts to inspect the movement’s efficiency in the fight against gendered sexual violence for various communities across the world. Who’s being included and who’s being left behind? What are the lasting implications for those who have spoken out? How has rape culture responded to the heightened awareness around sexual violence?

Each of these topics will be considered as we explore the #MeToo movement’s role in fighting sexual violence, ask if it’s actually working, and ponder what comes next.

About The Speakers

Tanya Serisier

Dr Tanya Serisier is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her work focuses on the cultural politics of sexuality and sexual violence. Her book Speaking Out: Feminism, Rape and Narrative Politics (2018) offers a critical overview of ‘speaking out’ from early feminist speak-outs to #MeToo.

Catriona Morton

Catriona Morton is a British-Irish writer and creative. She has degrees in Philosophy and Sociology and has written for multiple publications about disability and survival. She is the host of the BBC Sounds podcast After: Surviving Sexual Assault and the founder of the survivor-centred blog/resource sharing website, Life Continues After.