People took to the streets in Hollywood to rally against sexual assault amid the flood of allegations coming out against high ranking Hollywood celebrities and CEOs.
On Sunday afternoon demonstrators, most of whom were women, joined the Take Back the Workplace March along with the #MeToo Survivors March, both of which came together on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
— Gary Coronado (@gary_coronado) November 12, 2017
Several hundred people reportedly took part in the event, many wearing shirts and holding signs with messages like “Me Too”, “No more sexual abuse”, and “Rape is not a joke.” Supporters and survivors of sexual assault gathered in front of the Dolby Theatre to bring more attention to this cause, which was recently given a voice.
Stories have poured in since the New York Times story came out detailing Harvey Weinstein’s long and apparently well known history of putting women in the entertainment industry in situations where he sexually assaulted them. The stories of systemic sexism and abuse have since continued to roll in, only now from women in all walks of life and lines of work. Men have also stepped up, and added their voices to the #MeToo movement to share their own stories of sexual assault and abuse at the hands of other men.
— Anthony (@HollywoodBlvd1) November 12, 2017
Tirana Burke, co-founder of an organization called Just Be Inc. said:
‘I’m really happy to come here, because really it’s Hollywood that opened this floodgate. It’s really symbolic to have this march happen, not with Hollywood stars, but in Hollywood.’
Journalist Lauren Sivan is one of the people who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her while in the workplace and spoke to the crowd, saying:
‘You are all brave. Bravery comes in many different forms. You don’t have to wear a flak jacket to make America a better place to live and to work and you’re all doing it by being here today.’
In recent days other celebrities have been publicly accused of, and in some cases even admitted to, sexually assaulting others. But Hollywood isn’t alone. Not only does the United States have a president that admitted to sexually assaulting women, but now another GOP candidate has been accused of raping a minor child.
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who pursued a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl in 1979, when he was 32. Since the report surfaced, many members of his own party have gone out of their way to distance themselves from Moore.
Here are some images captured today at both the #MeToo and Take Back the Workplace demonstrations:
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