Have you heard of the Times Up movement? The Times Up movement is a movement against sexual harassment, founded January 1st 2018 by Hollywood celebrities. It was created in response to the Weinstein effect and #Metoo. The Weinstein effect is that in early October, dozens of women came forward and accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse. USA Today said ¨Since then 150 celebrities have been accused of sexual misconduct.¨ After this made news headlines, people started to share their stories on social media, using the #Metoo.
Did you know 1 in 3 women ages 18-34 have been sexually harassed at work? Being harassed can range from inappropriate comments to someone touching you in an inappropriate manner. Even though 1 in 3 women are harassed at work, it mostly happens to people working low wage jobs. Research has shown that women in a mostly male dominated workplaces are harassed more than women in a female dominated workplaces. Hopefully with awareness this problem will get better.
If you want to help with the Time's up movement, here are some things that the movement's website recommends. For starters, don't be a part of the problem. Next if someone tells you they have been harassed believe them, and help them find resources for help. Just because you're not the one being harassed doesn't mean you can't address the harasser or you can find help. You can also donate to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund to help those being affected.
Story by Maya Fuchs