Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a talking point over the recent years. However, a recent Hollywood scandal has opened peoples’ eyes, and mouths, in California and around the country. The well-known movie producer, Harvey Weinstein, found himself in the spotlight amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment over multiple decades. The fact that almost 60 women have come forward so far has resulted in more women feeling comfortable telling about their experiences with sexual inappropriateness, both in the entertainment world and elsewhere.
According to the LA Times, movie director James Toback has recently been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women. As in many harassment situations, the women who recently came forward to accuse Mr. Toback of sexual misconduct did not contact authorities at the time the harassment occurred. The Weinstein scandal has seemed to bring up repressed memories, opening the door for people to share their story of abuse and assault.
Actresses and those in the entertainment industry were not the only ones who were willing to bring their experiences into the light. According to the New York Times, social media became the sounding board for women, and men, who felt it was important to show how prevalent sexual harassment is. Tens of thousands of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles highlighted the hashtag #metoo from women all over the country, indicating they have been victims of sexual misconduct. The hope is to increase awareness of the problem, allow victims to have the confidence to accuse their harassers and make the accused accountable for their actions.