Time’s Up

Posted: January 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

If you see a poster in your department, which speaks to the district’s non-tolerance of sexual harassment and discrimination, please read it carefully. It is so very important.

As was evidenced by the recent, second international Women’s March, the movement @resist has taken another step forward. The “Me, Too” movement has now morphed into “Time’s Up.” What’s the difference? It’s not only a woman’s acknowledgment that she has been a victim of sexual harassment. It’s now her taking the necessary actions to prevent it from happening again and her exposing the perpetrators—naming names. It’s also about running for political office.

This past week has been fraught with sexual misconduct and harassment news:

–The sentencing of Larry Nassar, MD to 175 years in prison, the cataclysmic fallout at Michigan State, and the forced resignation of the entire USA Gymnastics Board as a result of his decades of sexual abuse of young female Olympic athletes.

–Steve Wynn, casino mogul, has resigned as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

–And, even Casey Affleck has his problems. Because he was previously sued for sexual harassment, he dropped out of presenting the award for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars. Smart move.

This doesn’t include our own SLO grown horror: Uber driver, 39-year-old Alfonso Alarconnunez, is “being held at San Luis Obispo County Jail on $200,000 bail, on suspicion of eight charges, including two counts of rape of an unconscious victim and one count of rape of a drugged victim, as well as additional charges of grand theft, burglary and oral copulation of an unconscious victim.” (SLO Tribune)

What can you do, you ask? What should you do?

Well, the mission statement of @Time’s Up includes some answers to the question of “What You Can Do”:

  1. “Don’t be part of the problem. For starters, don’t harass anyone.
  2. If a person who has been harassed tells you about it, believe them. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to talk about these things.
  3. If you know someone who has been harassed, connect them to resources who can help, such as the ones found here.
  4. If you are a witness or bystander and see a harassing situation, you can help the person being harassed. You could actually intervene. You could confront the harasser. You could also help the person get out of the harassing situation. If you cannot do any of these things, you can still support the harassed person by corroborating and confirming the account of what happened.
  5. You can support those affected by sexual harassment by donating to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
  6. If you are part of an organization, look at the workforce and the leadership (management, officers, board of directors). Does it reflect the market where you operate and the world we live in? If not, ask why not and do something to move it closer to that goal.
  7. Acknowledge that talent is equally distributed, but work and career opportunities are not. Mentor someone from an underrepresented group in your industry. If you are in a position to do so, hire someone who can diversify the perspectives included in your organization; your team will be better and stronger for it.
  8. You can vote with your wallet: in your purchasing, in your investing, and in your charitable giving. Spend or give to companies and organizations who have more equitable leadership and opportunities for all.”

The issue is not only global. It is national. It is local. And, it is at Cuesta. Whatever you do, do something.

Don’t forget that

SILENCE IS CONSENT

The below photos are from the women’s marches across the country and from the SLO Women’s March:

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