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Doug Ford reveals his true #MeToo colours —again— as he ducks a question in the Legislature involving a victim of sexual violence who reached out to his office and suffered further harm because of it. See more ways where Doug Ford fails women in the workplace, on the campuses and in the community. See what’s behind the story.
If we want to end sexual violence and sexual harassment, we need to end the culture of betrayal, retaliation and silence that too often confronts women who speak out. No woman should ever be disrespected, threatened or gagged because she stood up against injustice and wrongdoing. And no victim of sexual violence should have to pay with her job, career, dignity, health or peace of mind because she came forward. The ZeroNow Campaign™ empowers women in the workplace, in the community and on the campuses in standing against the forces of institutional betrayal that enable harm to continue. We are the only advocacy to adopt this goal as a part of our mission. It needs to be a crucial focus for the next #MeToo chapter. Want to help? Contact The ZeroNow Campaign™.
For some, the poster organization for how not to respond to victims of sexual violence and sexual harassment is Uber, whose misconduct was famously brought to light by Susan Fowler. For others, it is CBS, where former CEO Les Moonves and 60 Minutes chief Jeff Fager regularly intimidated women who spoke out. Then there is the master of complicity, the Weinstein Company. But in Canada, the hands-down winner is the Ontario Securities Commission. Continue reading…
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BY KATHLEEN FINLAY
It’s Not About Intention. It’s About Entitlement.
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Warning: Sexual misconduct in the workplace can be hazardous to your health
Every day we see shocking evidence of how sexual misconduct destroys careers and devastates lives. I know first-hand the toll it can take, and I see it daily in my advocacy work helping women around the world who reach out. Yet by their inept and unfeeling responses to victims, and their botched handling of incidents when they are reported, many organizations still add to the emotional trauma faced by women who come forward. This needs to change. That’s why I created The ZeroNow Campaign™. We’ve already helped countless women. I hope it helps you.
— Kathleen Finlay, Founder, The ZeroNow Campaign™
Tell Your Story and Change the World
In this watershed moment on the long road to achieving dignity and respect for women everywhere, it is the personal narrative that is the driver of change. We want to hear your story. Whether the experience involves a university, retail chain or factory, a restaurant, law firm, government agency or a bank — or anywhere else women are at risk — your story matters. We hear every day from victims, other advocates, HR professionals and even some C-suite executives, around the world. Our mission to help victims and combat sexual misconduct is strengthened by the combined personal narratives of victims and their families. These stories provide important messaging for the media who need to focus on the reality of #MeToo in the everyday workplace. They also help to remind victims and survivors alike that we are not alone. Knowing that survivors are supporting victims is empowering to women who are deciding to come forward, sometimes after many years, or even decades, of living in the shadows of fear and humiliation. The ZeroNowCampaign™ is powered by survivors to combat sexual misconduct and empower victims to rebuild their lives.
The ZeroNow Campaign™ is the voice of survivors speaking out to combat workplace sexual misconduct in all its forms, and helping its victims to rebuild their lives. We speak with one voice: Zero sexual assault. Zero sexual harassment. Zero harm. By supporting victims with respect and compassion, by sharing the experiences of others, by advocating for change and by creating healing initiatives that can help survivors rebuild their lives, we think we are making a strategic difference in the lives of those who most need it.
We’re not celebrities, astronauts or women who make the headlines. We are everyday survivors of the everyday workplace — service sector and retail workers, professionals, government employees, students. That’s why we admire most the unsung but truly heroic women who are standing up against abuse and putting their health and their careers at risk every day. There is no CNN or CBC to shower praise on them — only the appreciation of history and the knowledge that they are making the lives of generations to come better.
3 Musts for Survivor Survival
Sexual assault, sexual harassment or bullying can be among the most serious events you will ever experience. How you decide to respond when they happen can be even more life-altering in the long run. Moving from being a victim to a survivor can be a challenge. But that transition is a key to your health and well-being. It’s also something that can elude women for years — even decades. That’s why we’ve put the learning experiences of countless survivors, as well as evidence-based recommendations, into a concise primer that will help you make a more informed decision. The decision is always yours. But knowing your rights and risks is empowering.
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A Few Quick Facts
Most cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault are never reported.
An association of HR professionals calls sexual harassment an epidemic.
Three-in-four sexual harassment claims with the EEOC are said to involve retaliation.
One-third of Canadian women say they have been sexually harassed at work.
Nearly half of working women in the U.S. say they have experienced sexual harassment.
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ZERONOW™ SPOTLIGHT INVESTIGATIONS
Looking at how leaders and organizations actually respond to #MeToo issues.