“We need new thinking and bold strokes if we are going to combat this contagion of gender-based violence that moves unarrested from one generation to another.” See full article....
The Zer0Now Campaign™ supports victims of gender-based violence and sexual harassment by fostering a culture of compassion and trauma-informed care, and by its successful advocacy of policy and legal changes to combat the cycle of fear, silence and institutional betrayal that devastates so many lives. Since its founding, The Zer0Now Campaign™ has provided lived experience-based support for victims through its unique Outreach Clinic. Zer0Now is active in raising awareness about the serious health risks presented by gender-based violence and sexual harassment, including the risks of PTSD, self-harm and suicide, especially when complaints are mishandled. We’ re proud to be making a transformative difference in the lives of victims in the everyday world who most need it.
Who do we admire most in this #MeToo era? The often unsung, but truly heroic, women from every field who are standing up against sexual violence and institutional betrayal — in the courts, in the military, in law enforcement, on the campuses and in the everyday workplace. They put their health, their jobs and even their lives at risk in doing so. Tragically, some who have come forward never lived to see the healing outcome they desperately sought. Most of these stories never make it into the media or have the spotlight of a red carpet gala shone on them. We need to make everyone more aware of the price victims from the everyday world pay, and change the culture that allows gender-based violence and sexual harassment to take its enormous toll.
3 Musts for Victim Survival
Sexual violence, including aggressive forms of sexual harassment, can be among the most devastating events you will ever experience. Moving from being a victim to becoming a survivor can be a difficult journey. How you manage that transition is key to your health and well-being.
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 can be empowering.
Suicide is reaching an epidemic among some population groups in Canada. Victims of gender-based violence and bullying are especially at risk, as are members of our Indigenous communities. We call for a new approach and new thinking to address this public health crisis, including a national 988 hotline that can save lives.
Give our voices back! Victims of gender-based violence and sexual harassment have their dignity, their careers and often their right to speak stolen from them. When predators are protected, all women are at risk and the full healing of victims is denied. NDAs are a form of institutional betrayal and cause ongoing emotional trauma. It’s time governments stepped up and gave our voices back by ending forced NDAs and releasing victims from current agreements. Zer0Now has long called for this action, and we support the work @LiftOurVoicesUS founded by Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky. We’re continuing to call on all public leaders to undo the harm of NDAs and give our voices back.
From our sunshine law adopted by the federal government and our call for a national action plan to address gender-based violence and suicide risks to career rebuilding innovations like our Hire Us Back campaign, our advocacy and media outreach is not just changing lives. It’s saving them.
Ending institutional betrayal
Gender-based violence and sexual harassment are horrific enough when it comes to the actions of the individual predator. But when the collective mind of a large organizations enables their abuse, or acts to protect them, the harm inflicted on the victim can be even more traumatic.
If #MeToo is to be successful in reducing gender-based violence and sexual harassment, we need to know why some organizations and public leaders can get away with continuing to inflict abuse when victims come forward, and why the culture of fear and silence is still being enforced. That’s why I’m sharing my story. It’s a classic case of institutional betrayal.
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Discrimination in healthcare, like discrimination in the workplace, including sexual harassment, is intolerable. Kathleen Finlay was asked by CTV National News to comment on the case of Toronto rapper...
Kathleen Finlay’s Now Magazine column spotlights TD Bank and the implications of this top Canadian bank being seen as an enabler of one of the most reviled pedophiles of the 21st century....
Kathleen Finlay’s op-ed in The Hill Times newspaper on how the Canadian Senate is betraying victims of sexual misconduct, and why all MPs and Senators should face mandatory trauma-informed train...
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.