November 29, 2021 8:16 AM EST

In her searing memoir, Tarana Burke, founder of the Me Too movement, reflects on her childhood, the events that led her to say those two words and all that came after. Burke shares her coming-of-age in the Bronx in the 1970s and 80s, describing the sexual assault she experienced as a child and tracing its harrowing impact on her sense of self for the decades that followed. While Burke’s story is anchored in her trauma, she crafts a compelling call for compassion that runs through the narrative. She outlines her journey toward healing in raw and intimate detail and, along the way, points us toward necessary ways to create space for survivors of sexual assault, especially Black and brown women, to develop empathy for themselves and to feel empowered.

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