After 2017 exposed so many powerful men, particularly in Hollywood, for sexual harassment by way of the #MeToo, hundreds of women in the industry have now teamed up to make 2018 the year that they take proactive measures to prevent such behaviors from going unchecked in the workplace, including industries outside of Hollywood.
In an open letter posted to The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, they wrote, "We want all survivors of sexual harassment, everywhere, to be heard, to be believed, and to know that accountability is possible. We also want all victims and survivors to be able to access justice and support for the wrongdoing they have endured."
The organization is expected to serve as a legal justice liaison, including raising defense funds for those fighting workplace harassment.
I stand with ALL WOMEN across every industry to say #TIMESUP on abuse, harassment, marginalization and underrepresentation. Join me! Sign the statement of solidarity & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/7FofMhTaUJ pic.twitter.com/vEB3jYCRgD— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) January 1, 2018
Time's up on silence. Time's up on waiting. Time's up on tolerating discrimination, harassment and abuse. #TimesUp Sign the solidarity letter & donate to the @TIMESUPNW Legal Defense Fund: https://t.co/eTwKtOboIl pic.twitter.com/q8aok1HTGg— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 1, 2018
An open letter appears in @LaOpinionLA and @nytimes today from us to our sisters in the Farm Worker's Union. It's also a call to arms. We've started a legal defense fund supporting those across industries who've experienced abuse in the workplace. Join us. #TIMESUP (link in bio) pic.twitter.com/Zr5C4QgcXg— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 1, 2018
TIMES UP on sexual harassment in every workplace. I'm proud to be working with courageous women and men who are coming forward and lawyers who believe in justice and fairness through the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund. Join us at https://t.co/9AZUOXbtas! #TIMESUP— Tina Tchen (@TinaTchen) January 1, 2018