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From Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein, the world has been rocked by sexual harassment allegations and revelations. And while there’s no telling whether there are more shocks to come, what’s very clear is that we still have a lot of work to do as a society to make the workplace and the world in general a safer place for everyone. Through the experiences of others there are so many lessons we can learn about missteps we’ve made and how we can correct them. Here are top lessons we can learn from the #MeToo campaign.

Victims Risk Their Reputations When They Come Forward

Whether we want to admit it or not, the things people who are brave enough to share on the workplace abuse they experienced or the fraud in the companies face is what keeps so many silent. They are humiliated, shunned and even harassed. In the case of sexual harassment, people tend to blame the victim and try to discredit them by any means necessary. This means that before the perpetrator can even face justice, the victim or witness is put through the ringer for just telling the truth. It’s so important than the men and woman who come forward in order to have protection and support of people around them. According to JF Melton Law, “Whistleblowers take great risks, so getting a reward for that risk is key. It is imperative that they have whistleblower protection to ensure a) the largest reward possible is given and b) the whistleblower is protected under the law.”

When Power Goes Unchecked, Bad Things Happen

The one thing stories like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and R. Kelly all have in common is abusers being able to get away with what they do for decades. Because these people rise to the upper echelons of society, people often turn a blind eye to their deeds, or the ones that see are threatened into silence. These unfortunately repeats the cycle of abuse, and emboldens the abuser. We have to be able to ask questions of the men and women we put up on pedestals, and take them to task when they do something wrong. If we repeatedly turn a blind eye, all that does is make them feel invincible and double down on the abuse.

We Have to Separate Talent From Character

If there’s anything we need to learn as a society it’s that an artistic genius or talented person can still be an abuser, and no matter how talented they are, they don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. In fact, the men and women we look up to as role models have to hold themselves to a higher standard. They should be examples of respect, good character and integrity, not people we let get away with anything and everything. If they decide to display horrible behavior, harassing people and destroying their lives, we as a society have to speak out against that and stop putting money in their pockets. We need to stop treating famous and powerful people as gods who can move through society with no accountability or responsibility for their negative actions.

We Need to Have More Conversations

Whether it’s at work, at universities or even in the privacy of our own homes, we have to have conversations about harassment and abuses of power. Many victims struggle to come forward because they either think they did something to ask for the abuse, or they don’t think what happened to them was an abuse of power. If we were to have more open conversation about the spectrum of abuse and how it manifests in behavior, we could raise the standards of how we treat each other. We would make it so much easier for victims to use their voices. In a lot of companies, employees have had to discuss what sexual harassment looks like and this awareness actually makes the workplace safer. We need to extend that to the whole society.

The #MeToo movement lifted the lid on so many abuses and though it wasn’t always perfect, it forced us to start having the necessary conversations that make our world safer for everyone else. When we work for companies, our safety is their responsibility, and just as our employers expect want to be sure that we have integrity when they hire us, we expect the same from them. We expect to be safe from abuse and harassment, to be treated with respect at all the time, and for any incidents of abuse to be dealt with accordingly, not swept under the rug.


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One of the #MeToo accusers, Italian actress Asia Argento, has reportedly been accused of assault herself.

Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The New York Times reports that legal documents show the actress paid a former co-star $380,000 after he alleged she had assaulted him in a California hotel room in 2013.

A lawyer for Asia Argento declined to comment on the allegations.

The actress’ accuser, Jimmy Bennett was just 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18.

Asia Argento would have been 37 at the time of the encounter.

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Jimmy Bennett says in the documents that the encounter traumatized him and threatened his mental health and career, the New York Times reported.

He had played Asia Argento’s young son in a 2004 film.

In the documents seen by the paper, Asia Argento’s lawyer said that the money was given to Jimmy Bennett to help him, and that it was Argento who had been preyed upon.

In a statement published by Vanity Fair, a lawyer for Jimmy Bennett said his client would not comment but would take the “next 24 hours, or longer, to prepare his response”.

A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein said the development revealed “a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento”.

Another high-profile accuser of Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan, has also reacted to the reports, tweeting: “I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere. None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”


Veteran talk show host Charlie Rose has been suspended by several TV networks following allegations of harassment.

In a report by the Washington Post, eight women accused Charlie Rose of inappropriate behavior.

CBS News said: “These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously.”

PBS and Bloomberg have also suspended him.

Charlie Rose, 75, has apologized, but said not all the allegations were accurate.

The allegations span from the 1990s to 2011 and include groping, phone calls and unwanted advances.

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Charlie Rose is one of America’s most respected broadcasters.

He is known for conducting in-depth interviews, including with such high-profile guests as former President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett, on his eponymous television program which first aired in 1991.

Charlie Rose, whose show goes out on PBS and Bloomberg TV, also co-hosts CBS’s This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.

His interviews have won him Emmy and Peabody awards, and he was named by Time magazine as one of its 100 most influential people in 2014.

PBS quickly suspended distribution of the Charlie Rose show following the allegations, which they described as “deeply disturbing”.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Charlie Rose said: “I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed.

“I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

Numerous high-profile figures, including Kevin Spacey, Dustin Hoffman and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have been accused of harassment in recent weeks.

The accusations were sparked by multiple women speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, and a subsequent campaign encouraging victims to share their stories of harassment under the #metoo hashtag.


A #MeToo march has been organized on November 12 in Hollywood in support of victims of assault and harassment.

The march, attended by hundreds of people, follows a torrent of assault and harassment allegations against public figures, set off by revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The marchers started on Hollywood Boulevard and walked along the “Walk of Fame” to CNN’s headquarters.

They were predominantly women but many men attended.

The #MeToo hashtag was first used by social activist Tarana Burke and popularized by Italian actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of the Weinstein allegations.

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Tarana Burke led November 12 march.

“For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s a hundred more men in the neighborhood who are doing the exact same thing,” the activist wrote on Facebook ahead of the event.

“What we’re seeing, at least for now, is a unity of survivors, a community of survivors that have grown out of this #MeToo viral moment, that I’m just hoping and praying that we can sustain.”

Kevin Spacey and Louis CK are among the high-profile figures accused of harassment over the past few weeks.

On November 10, Louis CK published an apology admitting after years of denials that the allegations were true.

The comedian wrote: “The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”

Last month, the New York Times reported that Harvey Weinstein, 65, had settled out of court with eight women who had accused him of harassment and unwanted physical contact.

Harvey Weinstein has also been accused of rape, but said through a spokesperson that he “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual contacts.