#TimesUp on Sexual Assault

Donate and/or check out the amazing work Time’s Up is doing to get the conversation about sexual assault going.

“Every time someone speaks [against sexual assault], it creates a crack in that wall.” –Marai Larasai (executive director of Imkaan, an organization dedicated to talking about violence against women and girls of minority)

Disclaimer:  This post may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so feel free to exit out and go check out some of my more light-hearted posts!

A few months ago, people were more or less stunned when the New York Times released a story detailing years of accusations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, a film mogul in Hollywood. Several actresses, including Ashley Judd (a power feminist!), came forward against him. And it didn’t stop there. More and more well-known women in Hollywood came forward with assault allegations against many men (Matt Lauer and Kevin Spacey, just to name a few) in Hollywood. The women were applauded for their courage in coming forward and once the #MeToo, originally started by Tarana Burke in 2006, was revived; it went viral with women and men everywhere using it to spread awareness, share their stories, and stand in solidarity against sexual assault.

It’s awful that this conversation is just now getting a kick start in 2017, and disgusting that sexual assault is still happening to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men, and that’s only in colleges. A lot of times the victims are left ashamed and silenced for fear of what will happen if they speak out. The voices of Hollywood actresses coming forward has helped and inspired people everywhere to tell their own experiences and expose people and industries for how they really are.

An event that really showed me how powerful and great this movement against sexual assault is, was the Golden Globes this past weekend. All the talk that has happened lately about the need for change in how people view and treat assault and its victims really started up with the Harvey Weinstein case in Hollywood. The solidarity that is being felt and growing between sexual assault victims and allies is because of those actresses in Hollywood who came forward, so when TimesUp, an organization calling for people to finally do something about assault, violence, and abuse, called on all the men and women attending the Golden Globes to wear black to show solidarity; I was living for it!

*Although I would like to mention, some of the men that wore black to the Golden Globes are still working in movies that contain and/or directed by men who have sexual assault accusations against them. This is something that needs to stop ASAP, as well.*

#WhyWeWearBlack is a hashtag people are using to share their own black outfits to show solidarity.

There was also an actress brings an activist initiative, where people like Emma Watson and Michelle Williams invited women’s rights activists to come to the event with them. As I was watching the red carpet interviews, it was so cool to hear from activists like Marai Larasi (exec. Director of Imkaan), Tarana Burke (founder of the #MeToo movement), and Monica Ramirez (spoke out against sexual assault in the farming industry) on their thoughts about what is happening and how they are changing the way assault is handled.

The actresses and the activists at the Golden Globes (from @timesupnow Instagram)

This is exactly what I talked about in my Seeing Past Your Privilege post: people with big platforms and audiences (like celebrities) lifting up the people who need change and our fighting for it. Using your platform like that and wearing all black, especially to fight against sexual assault, is amazing and exactly how I believe platforms should be used.

It’s so important to take in the room full of men and women in all black at the Golden Globes, and apply that solidarity into our own lives. The fight against sexual assault is not a one person fight, but an every person fight. People are beginning to realize that, and are working towards justice for women and men affected by it.

In this day and age, social media can be such a great and powerful tool when used to bring people together under a human rights cause like sexual assault. Because of media platforms, Times Up (the organization I talked about earlier) has received over 16 million dollars in donations in 16 weeks to help/work with advocates and help assault victims, especially those in the workplace. Their main goal is to enable more women and men to access the legal system to hold the wrongdoers accountable.

The graphic I made that inspired my Seeing Past Your Privilege post.

Using your own social media to help spread awareness on issues like sexual assault is incredibly important and needed. I challenge all of you to do so and however big or small your blog or social media platform is, start conversations and educate your followers and readers on what’s going on, why it’s important, and how they can help.

Things to Remember About Sexual Assault/Harassment:

  • 1 in 5 women experience it in their lifetime.
  • It is never ever EVER the victim’s fault, no matter what they’re wearing because no one is “asking for it.”
  • Men can be raped and sexually assaulted too.
  • Believe your friend. Support them. Don’t doubt, shame, or fault them when they come to you.
  • No means NO and saying nothing at all means no as well!

Also, people somehow always find a way to bring sexual assault into politics, but in no way is that okay!  It happens to people of all different political backgrounds, and solidarity is not only for one party, but rather all of the parties.  Support should be given by anyone and everyone, no matter who you vote for, because people who have gone through the awful experience of someone holding their power over them to abuse them deserve and need it.

Quote from Oprah’s Speech from the Golden Globes:

“For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. I want all of the girls watching here now to know, that a new day is on the horizon.”

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Donate to Times Up: https://www.timesupnow.com/

Oprah’s Speech in Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN5HV79_8B8

Other Sexual Assault, Violence, and Abuse Organizations and Support

ImKaan

A Voice for the Innocent

Rainn

 

 

22 thoughts on “#TimesUp on Sexual Assault

  1. I think the people from the Golden Globes did an amazing job at raising the awareness of this issue (even if many people might not agree). It’s important to use such famous events to spread positivity! If it weren’t for the Golden Globes, I wouldn’t have known about the #TimesUp initiative.
    It’s great that young people like you are being part of this battle to try to make the world a better place! Your wonderful post inspired me and I think I will try to address such serious matters myself! Thank you for a great read!

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    • Yes, it’s so important people with big platforms like celebrities do raise awareness because it helps others get more connected. It makes me so so happy this post inspired you and I can’t wait to see any posts you may do in the future on more serious matters like this. Thanks for reading gf!

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  2. Such a powerful and important post! It’s so important for us as bloggers, despite not having as big of a platform as celebrities, to raise awareness about something that so many have to deal with on a daily basis. Let’s hope that the momentum doesn’t die down because it’s incredible to know that so many high profile individuals are finally breaking the taboo around sexual assault!

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  3. Amazing post! Watching the golden globes was such an empowering experience. The quote you post by Oprah really just hit the nail on the head. Thank you for posting about this. Wish you all the best – speak766

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  4. Wow. This was all so true. And I’m happy to know that some people, like you, are not afraid to talk about topics like this. So thank you very much for this absolutely beautiful post. Also, reading this makes me want to write a blog post about this topic too! 😇

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  5. Thank you so much for speaking up and about it, Olivia! You really did a wonderful job on explaining the recent events, the purpose of Time’s Up and the importance of stopping sexual assaults!! It makes me so sad and angry whenver I hear the stories of the victims, but it is important not to feel helpless in those situations, but to take action against it! Thank you for inspiring and explaining, the world needs more people like you!
    love, elena

    https://outnaboutweb.wordpress.com

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  7. I totally agree with everything! It’s so sad that sexual assault is so common. It makes ne so glad that the Golden Globes award has raised awareness of this. Yesterday, I read about a 7 year old girl who was murdered after being assaulted. It’s so heart breaking and I made sure to share it on my Instagram story to raise awareness. It’s honestly so horrible😕

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