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As the #MeToo movement dominated the news in the fall of 2017, the stories seemed endless and widespread across every industry. Hollywood bigwigs who sexually assaulted hopeful actors in exchange for opportunities. Young musicians’ careers held hostage until they gave in to the sexual demands of record label execs. Business executives wielding their power to intimidate and sexually harass subordinates in return for promises of promotion and raises in pay. An Olympic team doctor charged and convicted after years of sexually assaulting young gymnasts under the guise of “customary” treatments. Revelations about a U.S. Senate nominee and former Alabama Chief Justice who allegedly pursued, dated, and assaulted teenage girls.
As the headlines tumbled out at a rate almost impossible to keep up with, you may have been thinking what we were thinking: Who stood by and let this harassment and abuse go on, unchecked?