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As fear decreases, accusations increase

Since Harvey Weinstein's accusers have come forward, Hollywood stars haven't stopped denouncing more and more colleagues for their misconduct.

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Time Magazine features the "Silence Breakers" on the cover of their "Person of the Year" issue.

Time Magazine features the "Silence Breakers" on the cover of their "Person of the Year" issue.

Paola Assad and Marissa Anderson, J1 Reporters

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Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Russell Simmons, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Roy Moore and many others have been accused of sexual misconduct. So far, these men represent the entertainment business, politics, and morning television. They have either been fired or stepped down from their powerful positions.

One-by-one these accusations have come to light with furious velocity in the past couple months. The trigger was the wave of accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in which more than ten actors and actresses denounced him because of alleged misconduct. His list of accusers is long and it includes figures like Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashely Judd, Paz de la Huerta, Rose McGowan and others, that talked about Weinstein’s famous “private parties” where he would invite young actresses to come over to his house and then harass or assault them. The rumor about these parties was so strong that a lot of young contemporary actresses such as Jennifer Lawrence commented that he hasn’t assaulted her, but she knows that when he invites you to a party in his house, you have to say no.

The Weinstein scandal triggered another wave of sexual allegations of all kinds of public figures: politicians, actors, comedians, authors, and it has been said that no noble profession in the entertainment industry could be safe. Another example of this could is the creator of the show “One Tree Hill,” Mark Schwahn, who was accused of sexual harassment by former cast and crew members in an open letter signed by 18 actors and workers of the famous show.

People (especially women) are not afraid anymore of speaking out on injustice, sexual harassment and abuse of power.

Time Magazine released its “Person of the Year” yesterday naming the “Silence Breakers,” five women who they chose to be on the cover who represent the #MeToo movement. These women have fearlessly spoken out against sexual harassment and assault in and around the workplace.

If you feel you have been disrespected as a person and your integrity as a human being has been hurt by harassment, sexual assault, rape, intimidation or any intentional sexual misconduct by any person, there are organizations and hotlines that can help you get help in dealing with these situations.

9 to 5: National Association of Working Women
1-800-522-0925

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1-800-669-4000

Equal Rights Advocates
415-621-0672
1800-839-4372
24 hr line: 415-621-0505

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
213-629-2512

National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division
202-842-3900

National Center for Victims of Crime 
1-800-FYI-CALL
(202) 467-8700

National Women’s Law Center
202-588-5180

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
1-800-827-5335

Women Employed-IL
312-782-3902

Women’s Law Project-PA
215-928-9801

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline

800.656.HOPE (4673)

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