#METOO: JOURNALISM AND THE MOVEMENT TO GIVE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT VICTIMS A VOICE
AuthorJaquette, Michelle Marie
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractReporters have done a tremendous job reporting on the ‘Me Too’ movement. Over a year ago, the movement to tell previously untold stories of powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women, as well as other men, began sweeping the nation. Thanks to tenacious journalists unafraid to seek the facts and foster relationships with sources, and news organizations willing to give reporters the time and resources to spend months reporting on the same story, these stories have had an impact. Men in powerful positions, including Hollywood producers, famous comedians and actors, government officials, and even journalists, have been forced out of their jobs. It’s easy to say that people with a pattern of inflicting abuse on those they have power over should suffer a consequence, but much harder to find compelling evidence that compels the previously ambivalent to act. Stories like those written in the New York Times and the New Yorker exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein opened the door to the national reckoning that is still playing out today.