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New Data on #MeToo's First Year Shows 'Undeniable' Impact

New Data on #MeToo's First Year Shows Undeniable Impact

NBC News
By Nigel Chiwaya
October 11, 2018

Excerpt Below:

The #MeToo movement exposed a laundry list of accusations against men in powerful positions in media, Hollywood, tech and more. But behind the headlines, hundreds of women and men — in industries ranging from retail to medicine — have filed harassment complaints, called hotlines and come forward with their own #MeToo stories in the year since the movement began.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which investigates complaints of workplace sexual harassment and discrimination, saw about 7,500 harassment complaints filed from October 2017 to September 2018, a 12 percent increase compared to the previous year, the agency reported last week.

Harassment complaints rose despite overall complaints dropping, said Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the EEOC. And visits to the EEOC’s sexual harassment webpage more than doubled in October 2017, after the abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein broke and #MeToo became a national conversation.

The impact of the #MeToo movement is undeniable,” she said.

The #MeToo effect

Traffic to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s page about sexual harassment spiked with the start of the #MeToo movement. With the rise in traffic came an increase in harassment charges brought to the EEOC, more lawsuits filed as a result of those charges, and more money recovered for victims of sexual harassment.

In October 2017, Safe Horizon, a victim-assistance nonprofit that operates domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault hotlines, saw a 52 percent increase in call volume compared to a year earlier.

Any time there’s a viral moment we get increases of some kind,” said Brian Pacheco, Safe Horizon spokesman.

Pacheco added that call volume spiked 500 percent on Sept. 28 — the day after Christine Blasey Ford testified before a Senate committee on her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh had assaulted her, which he denied — compared to a year earlier.

People’s memories come back,” Pacheco said. “They may have tucked these memories away. They see this and it triggers something.

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