Source: http://tvovermind.com Megyn Kelly was one of the 13 women who accused Fox CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.
I am an avid reader of all kinds of news and today, it was revealed that another Fox News anchor Charles Payne has been accused of sexual harassment. This is in addition to the 13 woman who accused Roger Ailes. With evidence of a prevailing culture of sexual harassment and a hostile environment, Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Shine, and others resigned. On September 20, UNWomen.org reported on Twitter that three out of four professional women have been sexually harassed including online. And yet I still read of people who don’t believe this is real. It is real. I have a personal story.
I was in a past life a female high school principal in the South. I once had a serious personnel issue to deal with that I felt needed to be pursued. The attorney on retainer for the school district came down to meet with me and other district administrators and we discussed a general direction. The attorney then told the other administrators he wished to talk to me privately and they exited our meeting.
This tall, suave, self-assured Southern born and bred lawyer proceeded to sit next to me and began to explain that if we were to proceed with this case, he and I would need to have dinner together often and need to spend lots of time together after hours. He assured me that this case was complicated and would needs lots of interaction between the two of us. I stood up and thanked him for his time and told him I would get back with the Director of Personnel.
After he left, I gave him enough time to leave the building. I then got in my car and drove to the school district office. I walked into the office of the Superintendent and asked to see him. I wondered how he would respond to my story. Would he believe me? Would he minimize it?
I told him my story and that I refused to work with the attorney again. His response was amazing: “Thank you Anna for sharing this with me. I have heard this before. His contract is up soon. We will take care of this. You do not have to have anything to do with him.” He named the new firm he was looking at. Soon the attorney was gone and the new firm was hired.
I was fortunate. Not all women get this response. But I have read several opinions recently that suggest we all need to speak from our experience to continue to raise awareness in support of the women at Fox News who have been victimized as well as for other women in our country.
It’s about respect and teaching our daughters and sons that sexual harassment is unacceptable. And help is available.
Here’s to a better world.