Rachael Denhollander is the gymnast-turned-lawyer who was the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar (the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor) of sexual assault. Over 200 gymnasts followed her lead.
Rachael’s also a Christian and connects God’s character to her pursuit of both justice and forgiveness towards her abuser. And today she will be sharing her story with the Trojan community, as USC faces their own accusations of institutional sexual assault.
I never dreamed I would host an event like this, but I’m so grateful to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual assault. I hope Rachael’s testimony reminds survivors they can be heard, healed, and empowered. 💗✝️💪🏼 #BecomingBekah#ministryupdate#metoo#believesurvivors
I hope people don't take this wrong but I'm genuinely on my last nerve with this. I can't believe I've just seen that women now think that saying #cheerup if you see someone sad is now #harassment apparently nobody tells a bloke to cheer up? What a joke. This was actually a real comment from #feminists I totally understand that a section of #men have been absolutely shocking and sickening at the same time we shouldn't vilify half of the population for the actions of the few. #metoo and campaigns of the like have saved so many but I must admit we are taking things to the brink now. Not everything is #sexist or harassment
We are a small design community in India. Ten years ago we were a handful, and even though in the thousands today, we remain a tight-knit group. Most of us working in this space know each other and have on occasion supported each other's work. Since we are in this together, we have the golden opportunity to create a community built on the values we believe in, with zero tolerance for destructive behaviour.
Often, women share that they have tolerated harassment due to fear of repercussions on their professional careers. It might be tough to know this with certainty at times, but there are lots of examples otherwise. Indeed, career success is not dependant on tolerance of harassment. Please know, as an option, you can reach us to discuss this: firstname.lastname@example.org
@sanketavlani of @dsgnfbrc and @taxifabric has built a rising business over the last few years and ongoing allegations of sexual harassment have flooded the news. Sanket: these are not baseless accusations against you, they are a resounding call for action. To all stakeholders / collaborators / patrons who have supported your work in the past, this is a moment of deep introspection. We are clear where we stand: with Ayesha @Kometjuice, Swapna @nairswapna and others who have come forward.
Image: "A visualization of the #Metoo movement’ from @Google Trends. India is lit. About time.
A Series of Everyday Breach of Consent//▪️TW: Mention of Sexual Misconduct ▪️This one time, I was walking down the with a friend of mine in the evening. It wasn't dark though,around 6 in summer. And this guy rode past us on his bike and once he went infront of us, he turned his head and kept staring at us and smiling. This wasn't the first time that this had happened, someone staring. But I don't know what happened and I shouted and told him to fuck off, or something along those lines. He had already gone by then and I doubt he even heard me but for a moment I was so scared of him coming back. That's what happens, I want to scream when someone stares but also scared because don't know what may happen if I do. .
מתי אני *מרגישה* אלימות?
בבוקר, כל בוקר, כשאני עושה שוב צ'ק אם באמת הלכנו לישון עם דלת נעולה.
כשאני נכנסת לרכב והדבר הראשון שאני בודקת זה אם מישהו אורב לי במושב האחורי.
כשאני נוסעת ומגיעה לצומת הומה, נועלת מיד את הרכב, אם לא כבר בתחילת הנסיעה.
כשמבטים של גבר חולף הופכים להיות טורפים מדי, מיניים מדי.
כשאני מרגישה לבד מדי במקום שומם מדי. האלימות מקבלת אינסוף צורות.
בכל בניין סגור שבו אין מדרגות זמינות לברוח דרכן, האלימות איתי.
במקום העבודה כשגבר מזדמן כלשהו מהסה אותי או מסגביר עלי באמצע ישיבה.
כשאני עומדת בתורים, כל מי שבמקרה ממהר הופך לאלים.
בתגובות לכל סרטון שפרסמתי אי פעם.
כשאין לי מה ללבוש בחנויות.
כשאני רואה פרסומות של CASTRO ודומיהם המיזוגניים.
בקולנוע או באוטובוס, כשלידי יושב גבר פולש מדי למרחב ונוגע בי.
בחדר הרופא, כשהוא לא מקשיב לי ומבטל את הכאב שלי.
אצל מטפלים בכאב מקומי, כשאני צועקת שזה כואב מדי והם בכוונה לוחצים קצת יותר חזק וזורקים בדיחה תוך כדי.
כשאני צועדת לבד על שביל כלשהו ומולי צועד גבר, סתם גבר.
ליד כל כביש עמוס במכוניות שעליו עברתי אי פעם בהליכות ערב.
על כל כביש שנסעתי בו, ובמיוחד אם זיהו שאישה אוחזת בהגה.
בראיונות עבודה כשאני מקבלת התייחסות למראה החיצוני שלי, נשאלת בנושאים אישיים מדי או על תוכניות הפריון שלי.
כשאני שמה שפתון, בגד מנומר, גרביון או חצאית, האלימות הופכת להכי פוטנציאלית.
כשאני יוצאת לרקוד ורק 6 ס"מ נוספים על ה-1.81 מ' שלי יכולים לתת לי ביטחון -
גם אז אני מרגישה אלימות.
לא אישה מוחלשת, לא חיה עם גבר אלים, לא מציאות בלתי אפשרית, רק עוד אישה ומלא אלימות סביבה.
They say: “Why didn’t she/he leave or speak up sooner?”
Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 310 are reported to the police.
Because they are often caught in a web made from isolation, confidence-crushing abuse and by realistic fears of greater harm should they leave. They can also feel caught when they meet with indifference from others or, worse, insults that add to their injuries.
The question we should ask is ‘why did the abuser do it?’ We need to put the focus on the crime, not what the victim is choosing to do—or not choosing to do, as it may be out of their control. We need to ask why someone feels OK physically harming another person.”
Up until recent decades, it was thought that marital rape wasn’t possible. Rape was only considered a crime if it was committed by a stranger or by someone with whom the victim did not share an intimate relationship; there was actually an exemption written into rape laws for married couples. As a result, the first marital rape conviction in the United States didn’t occur until the 1970s.
The reality is that whenever sexual consent isn’t given and sex is forced upon someone, then rape has been committed.
Sources: www.tariolaw.com, www.siumed.org
In the wake of the MeToo movement, singer Shweta Pandit has accused Anu Malik of harassing her when she was a teenager. Calling him a "pedophile" and a "sexual predator", Shweta has detailed the incident.
Days after Sona Mohapatra called out singer Kailash Kher and hinted at Anu Malik being a "serial predator”, another singer, Shweta Pandita, has accused Anu Malik of harassing her when she was all of 15 years old. Terming Anu Malik a “pedophile” and “sexual predator”, Shweta has detailed the alleged incident that took place in 2001.
Shweta took to Twitter and shared she had to go back to her worst memory as a teenage girl to write this and speak up. She tweeted, “This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp . Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this.” In an elaborate post along with her tweet, Shweta shared that soon after Mohabbatein, when she trying to get other songs, Anu's manager asked her to come to the studio for an audition. Anu, who was recording a song with Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan for the film Awara Pagal Deewana, asked her to wait in a small cabin where the singers usually sand. She wrote, “It was just him and me there. He asked me to sing without any music as he wanted to hear my voice. I remember I sang the title song of har dil jo pyar karega as a voice test for this man. I sand it well so he said, "ill give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now" He then smiled, what id recall the most evil grin ive seen. I went numb and pale in the face..”She went to say, “I was only 15years old then, still in school. Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as "Anu uncle", he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians for generations who have given our entire lives dedicated to music for 4 generations. He addressed my father as "Mandheer bhai". And he does this to his bhai's daughter?”
She added that while Anu himself is a father to two daughters, this is how he treated a minor girl. @shwetapandit7 #metoo
👩 la femme du jour 👩 Ane Crabtree est la costumière de la série @handmaidsonhulu ! C’est cette femme qui a créé les costumes de la série : ces tuniques rouges et bonnets blancs qui témoignent de l’asservissement des femmes. Le succès de la série est tel que ces costumes sont devenus des symboles dans le monde entier. Une tenue repris par des femmes pour le droit à l’avortement aux États Unis mais aussi en Argentine, en Irlande ou en Pologne. « Bouleversée » par le succès de la série, Anne Crabtree a décidé de se retirer de son poste de costumière avant le tournage de la saison 3 / 🇬🇧 👩 the woman of the day 👩 Ane Crabtree is the costume designer of the @handmaidsonhulu series! It is this woman who created the costumes of the series: these red tunics and white caps that testify to the enslavement of women. The success of the series and such as these costumes have become symbols around the world. A dress taken by women for the right to abortion in the United States but also in Argentina, Ireland or Poland. "Upset" by the success of the series, Anne Cabtree decided to retire from her position as a costume designer before the shooting of season 3 #anecrabtree#thehandmaidstale#laservanteecarlate#costumiere#costume#women#femmes#metoo#margaretatwood#infostories#lastoryquivousinforme#femmedujour#womanoftheday ( 📸 kymberly mwang / @eardogfoto / texte avec AFP )
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Singer Shweta Pandit has accused popular music composer of sexual misconduct when she was a minor. Narrating her story in a lengthy tweet, she dubbed Malik as a pedophile and sexual predator saying, he misbehaved with her when she was a greenhorn in the Hindi music industry. "It was the year 2000 when I was launched as a lead singer with 'Mohabbatein' and was trying to get other good songs to follow up with the success of that soundtrack and the outstanding welcome it gave me in the music industry," she said.
Pandit said she was an admirer of the musician and was thrilled when she got a call from Malik's manager to come to Andheri's Empire Studio in mid 2001 to meet him.
"He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film 'Awara Pagal Deewana', when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there," she said.
Malik then asked Pandit to sing a few lines for a voice test. "I sang it well so he said, 'I'll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now'. He then smiled, what I'd recall the most evil grin I've seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years old then, still in school," she said. "Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as 'Anu uncle' he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians...," said Pandit, who is the grandniece of veteran Classical singer Pandit Jasraj.
Calling it the "worst experience of my life", the singer said she was depressed for months after the incident and could not even bring it up with her parents.
When contacted for a response to Pandit's allegatins, Malik told PTI, "No comments. This is ridiculous. I don't want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything." #metoo @shwetapandit7 I support you . @sonamohapatra
Lately I’ve been feeling like a busted up 🐫 in dis city with my sloth companion instead of a magic 🐼 with my courageous 🐅 ☁️ #thisisus
Seasonal depression is real and 5D and 2D are as raw as ever. This is a time for huge changes and don’t forget to check in on your friends and the people you love.
Several traumas and life altering things can happen at any moment good or bad. Mutual or in disarray. And I’ve survived many of them alone this year. Many of us have. And in a lifetime...so many I am working to illustrate and write a book to release and explain experiences as an artist whom is black, indigenous, queer and half woman but whole human. (Pronouns she/they) 🌈
Above all that I have so much to be thankful for and recently the relapses have been real with the past #stopkavanaugh protests and so much going on I’d gotten lost asking myself the same question about believing in myself and worth and hadn’t believed in myself till recently. It’s a process but I’m starting to see some consistency. Hoping for the best. Sending good vibes of love and light, gratitude for being alive after so many incidents within these past months alone. I’m a #survivor#metoo#artistsoninstagram
My read for this week is Milkman, the third novel by Anna Burns, offers both an unnerving reminder of very recent Northern Irish history and a meticulous account of an oppressive relationship between an 18-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man. The novel, part of a Man Booker shortlist chosen at least partly for the book’s ability to parse the confusing state we’re in, holds up to the light two of the most pressing political and cultural questions of the moment – the Irish border and #MeToo
The Booker winner delivers more insight into the estrangement of a society from itself than most of our MPs could muster. #manbooker#booker#novel#literature#irish#annaburns#bookrecommendation#bookworm#reader#reading#commute