As retailers head into peak season and restaurants and bars tackle the holiday party rush, service workers in those industries find themselves working long hours. We have to wonder how many of them also will endure sexual harassment. When they do, there won’t be a hashtag movement to support them.
Raising the issue of sexual harassment on the presidential debate stage was only the first step for the #MeTooVoter campaign.
“Most companies don’t talk about issues like sexual violence because doing so risks inviting negative headlines and public criticism. But we feel it’s time for a new approach.”
Against the backdrop of national discussions on combatting rampant violence against LGTBQ people in the United States, the failure of international law to address such violence on the global stage has been overlooked.
I encourage everyone to take a few moments, as the Thanksgiving season winds down, to think about Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, Hanna Harris and the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the U.S. and Canada.
This past summer, I sat in an eight-hour mediation circle with the man who raped me. It was one of the first instances in the legal system in North America in which a sexual assault case concluded with an exercise in restorative justice.
I am the whistleblower in the Jezebel article “Andrew Cuomo is Still a Fucking Snake.” For the last 20 months, a corrupt New York state agency has threatened me with fines and criminal charges. They say steps I took to protect children from rape by supporting the passage of the Child Victims Act constitutes “grassroots lobbying.” But JCOPE is picking on the wrong woman.
If communities are ravaged by unresolved state-sponsored trauma, they will continue to remain victims in a complex web of social injustice.
The experiences of Larry Nassar’s victims are at the center of award-winning author Abigail Pesta’s latest book, “The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down.”
Workplace self-care starts with knowing your rights.