Me Too Where are We Now

By Kimberly Crawford

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In the last three years, since the ME TOO movement became front page news, we have seen several celebrities be accused of sexual assault. Bill Cosby is currently in prison serving 3-10 years and Harvey Weinstein’s former company has paid his accusers $25 million without an apology and he is currently or trial facing multiple accusations.

In the infamous Larry Nassar case, the former USA Gymnastics Team Doctor was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 100 young athletes. After a protracted negotiation Michigan State University set up a fund of $500 million dollars for the victims and recently USA Gymnastics offered the victims a $215 million dollar settlement.

Russell Simmons has apologized and resigned from his company. Although never being formally charged with a crime, Oprah Winfrey announced her plans to executive produce a documentary on Simmons. Simmons recently wrote to Oprah, “it’s troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary. I have already admitted to being a playboy or womanizer." Oprah recently scrapped the documentary.

Oprah took a lot of heat from the black community over her involvement in the now scrapped documentary. Rapper 50 Cent chimed in stating; “I don’t understand why Oprah is only going after Black Men, not Harvey Weinstein, not Epstein, just Michael Jackson and Russell Simmons.”

I must admit I did find Oprah's actions a bit curious. But this is a huge problem. The following is a list of 201 powerful men that have been taken down by the ME TOO Movement and this is just a drop in the bucket (this list was compiled in 2018 and some facts and figures may have change since time of this writing).

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Me Too has had a big impact on our culture, but we have a long way to go. I was confused that women still voted for Donald Trump after he was caught on tape advising other men to “grab them by the pussy.”

The Me Too movement is needed and definitely has benefits. It has pushed many states to ban nondisclosure agreements that cover sexual harassment and states are also introducing protection for more workers and some survivors are receiving financial restitution.

But I believe the movement has also hurt women to a certain degree. Nowadays, men are so afraid they could be accused of something they didn't do and lose everything, that some are avoiding doing business with women altogether.

My bottom line is, I stand by the movement and agree with justice for the survivors and punishment for the all perpetrators of sexual harassment. But let's be fair, let’s get all sides of the story before we rush to judgment because after all, the facts count too.