In what is arguably the most regressive #MeToo administration anywhere in Canada, it will take more than shuffling a few Cabinet ministers to win the support of Ontario women. He shuffled his cab...
Every day, we see shocking evidence of how sexual violence and sexual misconduct destroy careers and devastate 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, many organizations still add to the emotional trauma faced by women who come forward. Even worse, some still seek to punish, silence and deter victims from reporting, forcing them into the jaws of institutional betrayal. 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. Your stories inspired me to share my own. Working together, we can all make the difference that is desperately needed.
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.
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.