The sexual-harassment victims are stronger than ever when entering the New Year. In late 2017, many victims of sexual assault and harassment began speaking up against their attackers. It was the year of accusations and denials. It’s hard enough to come out to parents about the assaults, let alone the media. This leads to not just the accused, worrying about whether or not their accusers will end up in jail or if they will walk as a free man, but the rest of the world too. A world pool of allegations washed over the nation, swamping multiple industries, after scores of women, and some men, came forward — some after decades of public silence — to accuse prominent men of sexual misdeeds ranging from gross behavior to groping to assault to rape. however, it seems that the victim’s worst nightmare is coming true. No one believes them. Some supporters of the accused protests are being accused of blending the difference between a man who makes an offensive comment and a man accused of serial sexual predation. Most of the accusations are unproven, but they are widely accepted in the current believe-the-accusers moment. Consequences for those accused of assault include shame and loss of jobs and careers. A year after people in the US took to the streets for the Women’s March to protest President Trump’s inauguration, women gathered in cities across the US on January 21, by their disgust for Trump and his policies. On the 21st, the Women’s March encouraged women to stand up to their accusers. The march also encouraged women to run for public office and to exercise their right to vote. People took to the streets across the country – including Indianapolis, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. Singer-songwriter, Ashley Frangipane, otherwise know as Halsey, who featured in the song ‘Closer’ with The Chainsmokers, and topped the Billboard Hot 101 with her album Badlands in 2015, was also present at the march in New York. The singer took the stage for a speech. In a  poem ‘A Story Like Mine’, the singer delivered a hard hitting topic about the need to speak up and the to be heard. She begins by saying that this is her second march – she had also attended the one in DC last year. She then starts her poem, which begins in 2009. Halsey spoke about her own experience of sexual assault, seeing women around her suffer and be silenced, about feeling forced into sexual acts, and even called out the  President on his silence on the issue at a time when hundreds of victims of sexual violence are coming out with stories and they needed help. After the allegations had become more and more present an organization created a movement. The TIMES UP movement. Powered by women, TIME’S UP addresses the  inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from being unable to  reach their full potential. The organization partners with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and enable more women and men to access the legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable. The organization is a call for change. For women and the underrepresented groups everywhere.  Hopefully these recent events will cause a change in the world. No more silence. No more waiting. No more tolerance for discrimination, harassment or abuse. The women are taking a stand and it’s time to start making changes in the world.  


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