In February 2018 I set up a #metoo blog to provide legal professionals and law students with an anonymous platform to share their experiences of sexual harassment as well as bullying and discrimination. The blog was live for one month and during this time over 200 people shared their experiences. I also received over 500 emails from people who wanted to speak out but were too upset or afraid they would be identified. The blog was viewed over 40,000 times while it was open and remains online to be used as a resource.
The vast majority of people who shared their experiences on the blog or emailed me said the sexual harassment they experienced was perpetrated by men. However, this does not mean that the majority of men are perpetrators of sexual harassment. I know from personal experience that there are many men who are incredibly concerned about this issue and want things to change for the better.
In May 2018 I set up this platform to enable men to publicly acknowledge their support for the following statement: sexual harassment is an issue in the New Zealand legal profession and we need to fix it. If you are a male law student, currently work or have worked in a legal role and agree with this statement please provide your name, age range and occupation using the webform below.
There are also other ways you can help out, such as:
> supporting friends and colleagues who disclose to you that they have experienced sexual harassment
> calling out the inappropriate comments and behaviour of others
> attending public events, panel discussions and workshops on reducing sexual harassment
> suggesting and/or getting involved with initiatives in your workplace to reduce sexual harassment
Every action, big or small, takes us all one step closer to eliminating sexual harassment in the legal profession. Thank you for supporting the #metoo movement!
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