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November 24, 2017

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15 Powerful Quotes That Sum Up Why We Need #AfterMeToo

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#MeToo. For the past month celebrities and people from all walks of life have been relating their stories of sexual harassment and assault using this hashtag.  And the outpouring of stories isn’t slowing down anytime soon; just yesterday Uma Thurman indicated that she too would have more to share.

Overall, the #MeToo movement has been incredibly powerful and unprecedented, and has revealed just how systematic and prevalent sexual abuse is in our society. But while #MeToo has opened up the floodgates and empowered women and men to come forward with their stories, we’re still living in a world where culture, laws and disparity contribute to a society where sexual harassment and assault can continue.

Enter #AfterMeToo. Founded by a group of Canadian screen industry leaders including actor Mia Kirshner and producer/director Aisling Chin-Yee, #AfterMeToo is a two-day symposium that aims to overhaul the outdated laws, culture, and policies that have contributed to sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. Taking place on December 5 and 6 in partnership with The Globe and Mail, #AfterMeToo also includes a town hall event open to the public where you can add your voice to the conversation. You can register to attend the town hall here.

So come on out and join the discussion. Here are 15 powerful quotes that show just how much we need #AfterMeToo.

1. “Change isn’t an option anymore. It’s mandatory. Stand with us or move.” – Sharika Soal, Content Creator, Contributor at Huffington Post

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2. “Sexual harassment and assault in the workplace are not just about Harvey Weinstein. We must change things in general. We must do better for women everywhere.” – Alyssa Milano, Actor

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Read her post for Patriot Not Partisan here.

3. “Ladies, let’s break the silence so the next generation of girls won’t have to live with this bullshit.” – America Ferrera, Actor

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4. “We need to have a conversation about the system and structure that has caused [this culture of sexual harassment]. We need to look at the big picture. Women are not perceived as equal in the workforce and when we are not paid equally, we are are not treated equally.” – Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International

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5. “We know that these issues are happening. We need to focus on what we can do to make it stop.” – Freya Ravensbergen, Actor and #AfterMeToo Co-Producer

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Click here to watch her interview on CTV News.

6. “Solutions are being daylighted. Impunity is ending (for some). This is progress. It may be sloppy & chaotic & breathless – because it’s unprecedented. That’s okay.” – Ashley Judd, Actor and UN Ambassador

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7. “Getting sexually harassed seems to be a constant, but having the opportunity to do something about it is rare.” – Ilana Glazer, Actor

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8. “I’m so impressed with you brave ones. I had to laugh back then so I wouldn’t cry.” – Hilarie Burton, Actor

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9. “In our culture we have justified, and therefore even condoned [this] behaviour as if it is the norm.” – Laura Dern, Actor

10. “I’m devastated by all the stories that have come out because it’s heartbreaking, but at the same time I feel hopeful because we’re not ignoring it anymore.” – Jessica Chastain, Actor.

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Click here to see the Hollywood Reporter roundtable.

11. “I have actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career.” – Reese Witherspoon, Actor

12. “I did not want to talk about this ever again. However, even though it is a really bad memory, I feel like some good could come from talking about it now.” – Rachel McAdams, Actor

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Click here to read her interview with Vanity Fair.

13. “It was really heartwarming and also gut-wrenching to see the swell of this Me Too hashtag show up. For everybody that does bravely choose to share their story and use that hashtag, there are still people who don’t feel as though they can. That is okay. I still see you.” – Marni Van Dyk, Actor

Listen to her interview with Cara Gee and Kelly McCormack on CBC q here.

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14. “It was scary & degrading to speak out re: harassment at work.” – Jenny Slate, Actor

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15. “Men and women need to look within their own workplace cultures and demand immediate change. And if we don’t, all of us are complicit in our silence and indifference. And if that happens, the disease will continue to spread.” – Mia Kirshner, Actor and Co-Founder, #AfterMeToo

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Click here to read her piece in the Globe and Mail.

These are just some of the powerful quotes out there. Feel free to share more below.

 

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