Mobilizing #METOO

Ibarra speaks out about sexual harassment

Story by Ximena Ibarra, reporter

The #MeToo movement has given a platform for many victims to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

Hollywood sparked this movement which quickly spread to other places including our government. Though there have been numerous cases of sexual misconduct prior to this movement, #MeToo has revolutionized our society that was once apathetic to their struggles.

Hollywood has taken action against sexual misconduct in the workplace by firing and recasting actors. Our government has taken action by condemning predators and keeping them out of office.

#MeToo has spread awareness of consent and what to do if someone has been a victim of sexual violence. This has unveiled a widespread issue, but it has also brought positive change that our society desperately needed.

Many celebrities stood in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment by wearing black at the Golden Globes this past Sunday. Several Hollywood women, including Meryl Streep and Emma Stone, also brought activists to the event as their guests.

In her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, actress Oprah Winfrey spoke about the issue of sexual predators.

“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up,” Winfrey said. “Their time is up.”

Winfrey’s comments on sexual assault reveal why victims of sexual assault wait so long to come forward. Winfrey is also advocating for a society where women are not afraid to speak up because predators are going to be held accountable.

Change happens through raising awareness of an issue and by taking actions to fix that issue, and Time’s Up does just that.

Celebrities should not end their activism with wearing black at an award show, but instead should join organizations to make a difference in our society.

Time’s Up is a prime example of advocating for equality in the workplace. In a written statement, Time’s Up speaks about its mission.

Change happens through raising awareness of an issue and by taking actions to fix that issue, and Time’s Up does just that.

— Ximena Ibarra

“The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace,” the organization’s website said. “It’s time to do something about it.”

As humans, we have a responsibility to denounce predatory behavior. We also have a responsibility to address an issue that has cultivated in the shadows.

Time is up for the predators. We must change our society so it is safer for future women and men.

Many influential celebrities agree there should be no tolerance for predatory behavior and have joined together to create Time’s Up.

This organization is not exclusively for the people in Hollywood, as explained in its mission statement.

“Time’s Up is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.”

Addressing sexual misconduct in places of low-wage service jobs is also important because the abuse is oftentimes ubiquitous.

A study by the Center for American Progress found that more than 25 percent of sexual harassment charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the last decade came from low-wage service jobs.

Both the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up are important to ensure that future generations do not have to endure discrimination and abuse in the workplace.

But we cannot stand on the sidelines while watch these movements unfold. Wearing black to the Golden Globes is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.