I can't keep talking about sexual assault every day.
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The current wave of sexual abuse news is causing thoughtful people everywhere to feel disgust, sadness and rage on behalf of those victimised. But for some of us who have endured such violence, the relentless coverage and subsequent backlash are taking us to an even more disturbing place. Here, we take a look at how survivors are affected and offer insights from mental health professionals and survivors on the best ways to cope.
The hits keep coming: On Tuesday Laura McGann, writing for Vox, published an account of the sexual misconduct allegations against New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush. Thrush, who is 50 and an established, respected journalist, reportedly made passes at young female colleagues, passes that ranged "from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol". The three women interviewed were all in their 20s at the time.
US morning television host Matt Lauer, recently fired from NBC's Today for sexually harassing women in terrible ways for years, had a door lock button under his desk. Who the hell installed that? we all wondered. But the answer may be: nobody. You can just buy one off Amazon.
Workplace sexual harassment affects far more women than men, but men are the ones who bear responsibility for ending it. Besides, of course, not harassing women, we need to stand up for them, especially (and unfortunately) as we're more likely to be heard and respected than the victims themselves. Esquire has a guide to noticing, handling, and reporting sexual harassment, including how to escalate a complaint to a superior, HR, and even the press.
I woke up this morning to literally every woman in my social media feeds posting #MeToo, a response to actress Alyssa Milano tweeting.