Every day, we see more shocking evidence of how sexual violence and sexual harassment are is destroying careers and devastating lives. Yet, all too often, by their inept and unfeeling responses to victims, everyone from healthcare professionals to judges add to the trauma of emotional harms and adverse medical conditions faced by women who come forward. Our HealingNow initiative seeks to change this situation and make everyone better informed about the dangers of sexual violence and sexual harassment. It’s part of The ZeroNow Campaign’s™ effort to make real progress for everyday women in the workplace, in the community and on the campus. Read more…
Fighting institutional betrayal.
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. Read more…
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.
Fighting for healing. It’s my story.
Silence is dangerous. But coming forward can also be hazardous to a victim’s health. Last year, I turned to my former employer, the Ontario Securities Commission, to seek long-denied healing for a violent sexual assault. My attacker was the chairman and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission. When I reported the assault to my boss, the OSC’s executive director, he bullied me into staying silent. He gave me a choice: keep quiet or lose my job. But when I came forward this time looking for healing and closure, it was like being thrown back into the jaws of institutional betrayal. I was not believed. I was not supported. I was made to feel like the offender. The ghosts of the OSC’s misogynistic culture were still rattling their chains. As victims who have experienced betrayal and abuse at the hands of the organization from which they sought help will tell you, it was like being assaulted all over again. Then this prominent government agency that regulates the conduct of others tried to muzzle me — again — borrowing from the playbooks of predatory monsters Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. The consequences have been life-altering. But neither the OSC’s board of five women and six men, nor Ontario Premier Doug Ford, sees anything wrong with this picture. In fact, they’ve enabled it. When prominent organizations and powerful men think they are untouchable and immune from the realities of #MeToo, no victim can be confident in coming forward that she will not be re-traumatized and subjected to more harm. The culture of fear and silence will persist. And women will never be truly safe where we work, learn and live. Read more…
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.