After a New York Times exposé accusing major Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of decades of sexual harassment, women have been prompted to share their own unfortunate stories of harassment in the workplace.
Journalist Anne T. Donahue appeared to kickstart the opening up, tweeting: “When did you meet YOUR Harvey Weinstein? I’ll go first: I was a 17-year-old co-op student and he insisted on massaging my shoulders as I typed.”
“He was my boss at a radio station and liked [sic] to me things like why ‘girls my age’ liked giving blow jobs and not having sex. A GREAT TIME.”
Her original tweet has since received almost 2000 comments from women (both young and old) detailing similar events.
Another woman admitted, “It’s so hard to actually place this because there have been so many dudes who have tried so many things at so many points in my life.”
“Most recent was married British political journo who wanted to discuss writing, then pivoted to suggest we have an affair. When I said no, he shot back, ‘I’m not lonely, I have 29K Twitter followers.’ Later learned this is his MO with female writers,” commented someone else.
Others were even more shocking: “In college working on an indie film. I was walking by a producer and he said ‘I can’t take it anymore’ and shoved his hand down my pants.”
“Oh boy, in the tech world, I’d say about 1 in every 3 dudes I interacted with was some version of Harvey Weinstein.”
Unfortunately, it’s all too regular an occurrence. A 2016 survey found that half of women in the UK have been sexually harassed at work with one in eight saying they had been subjected to unwanted sexual touching of their breasts, buttocks or genitals or attempts to kiss them at work.
In the same report, four in five women admitted to being too scared to report the incidents to their employers for fear of not being taken seriously or losing their job.
While the situation is still dire, at least social media is giving us the power to speak out and find solidarity with each other.
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