The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“I am grateful to the Silence Breakers who bravely came forward and risked so much to stop Harvey Weinstein. The jury heard the Silence Breakers and believed them and so did millions of others—and he will finally begin to be held accountable. But Weinstein’s conviction and incarceration won’t give the Silence Breakers their jobs or careers back or repair the years of trauma they’ve endured. We must turn our attention to strengthening our laws to protect all workers from sexual harassment and abuse. It’s time to extend the legal time periods for challenging violence, confine the broad reach of non-disclosure agreements, and support workers who blow the whistle on abuse.
“Since #MeToo went viral in 2017, thousands of activists across the country are speaking up and demanding change from abusers and the institutions that protect them. They are pushing legislators to pass new laws and policies and doing the powerful work necessary to shift our culture. Let’s build a better world and end the scourge of sexual harassment and abuse.”