The women featured in Time's profile aren't all actors, but they do have one thing in common: They've spoken out. They've talked about being sexually harassed, threatened, and raped. Sexual harassment is a leading topic in the current cultural conversation in part because of Harvey Weinstein, but it extends far beyond the entertainment industry. Included in the list of "silence breakers" are a housekeeper, a former dishwasher, and a state senator.
These women's lives may be vastly different, but they all have one big thing in common, both with one another and with the countless others who've said "Me Too." The Time feature also includes testimonies from anonymous women — this is a topic that's, unfortunately, relatable across the board.
"I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance," Swift told Time's Eliana Dockterman.
If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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