Sexual harassment isn’t just about Hollywood, not by a long shot — it’s an insidious and wide-reaching problem.
Over the last few years, women have come forward in the sciences, trucking, retail, tech, and many other industries to tell their stories of harassment and assault on the job or at school.
These stories go far beyond Harvey Weinstein, the high-powered Hollywood producer who was fired after allegedly harassing and assaulting women for decades. (Weinstein has apologized for his behavior but denied allegations of rape through a spokesperson.)
Despite the fact that these reports come from a variety of fields, almost all of them have a similar theme: Women who eventually came forward had been harassed, assaulted, or shamed by men in positions of power.
That power allowed these men to intimidate women with little consequence. (The harassment is mostly, though not exclusively, directed at women.) Even when universities or other institutions caught wind of the harassment, the investigations often concluded without any direct action taken.
Every woman I know has either been talked down to, had her opinion dismissed, been ignored in meetings, or received inappropriate comments.
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) October 11, 2017
Here’s just a small sampling of some of the stories of sexual assault and harassment in many industries:
More Than 50% of Women in Advertising Experience Sexual Harassment, Study Finds:
“In March, the male chief executive of ad agency J. Walter Thompson was sued by a female subordinate who accused him of an ‘unending stream of racist and sexist comments, as well as unwanted touching.’ Gustavo Martinez, who has denied the allegations, resigned shortly after the lawsuit was filed.”
Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
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