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The revolution against sexual harassment shakes the US

The metoo's movement exceeds Hollywood's limits and establishes a new threshold for power abuse. 34 top executives and celebrities have fallen in two months in the U.S.

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The revolution against sexual harassment shakes the US

The victims remember it. The movie used to start like this. CBS presenter Charlie Rose, an icon of rigor on American television, invited his home to requesting and, after a minute, appeared before her in a robe and with genitals in air. Knight Landesman, art guru and editor of magazine Artforum, called his younger employees to tea and, once seated, did not hesitate to delicately pass a finger through his shoulders while muttering obscenities. The former comedian and now Senator Democrat Al Franken took advantage of his subordinate being asleep to touch her breasts and photographed next to her as a satyr. The n assistant Prosecutor, n President of Alabama Supreme Court and now Republican candidate for Senate, Roy Moore, prowled courts in Seventies in search of minors and, if any one was persuaded, tried to merge with m in Darkness ...

It's not Babylon. Not even Hollywood. It's America. A nation that suddenly has seen a veil fall and hidden trash emerge for decades. In less than two months, 34 senior executives, businessmen and celebrities have been strucked for accusations of sexual harassment. There are Silicon Valley investors, Amazon and Pixar mancheckers, filmmakers, media directors like Vox or new Republic, a star journalist from new York Times, senators, aspiring senators, cultural luminaries, actors, producers, writers, Presenters, sports Presidents ... The wave of denunciations has broken dike. It does not happen day when a scandal does not arise and resign implicated. Some cases are 40 years ago and ors this fall. But y all have a common denominator: abuse of power.

Presenter Charlie Rose. Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

Just as past decade with paedophilia in churches occurred, a new threshold was born. Zero tolerance with sexual harassment has found firm ground. And that which for years remained silent comes to light and is judged by a society that, under collective impulse of metoo (I also), supports victims.

"For too long we have hushed up." One in four women has suffered harassment at work. It is not a question of Hollywood, or of Democrats and Republicans, but of a better future for our daughters and children. "We must denounce abuses to kill m," said very conservative and influential Penny Nance, leader of women worried about America, a Christian organization, Antiabortionist and close to President Donald Trump.

"It's time to clean house!" he cried from or side of ideological quadrilateral actress Rose McGowan. She was first to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, and has become a symbol of struggle. His speech to Detroit Women's convention marked a milestone. "For 20 years y have silenced me, insulted me, harassed me, vilified me." And you know what? What happened to me behind scenes, happens to all of us in this society. And we're not going to accept it. We're free. We're strong. "We are all metoo!"

Anita Hill During her statement to Senate Judiciary Committee on 11 October 1991. Reuters

His words recalled something that many already knew. That power and abuse often come from hand. Especially in sex. It's nothing new. The background is wide. And se days are recovering. Faced with herself, American society has turned back. And re, in memory, appears Anita Hill. The Black teacher who in 1991 before 10 senators, all men and whites, dared to testify for sexual harassment against aspirant to Supreme Court Clarence Thomas. She was humiliated and despised for it. He couldn't even stop designation. But its value remained in memory. And little by little helped to open flaw that now makes America tremble: "I am a survivor and I am with metoo." But let no one be deceived, change is not due to an episode, but that we are all part of this story.

Mr. Hill hasn't been only one to push. Countless women have been involved and have been trampled to do so. Ors have managed to survive and even some have transformed it into a history of fortitude. It's Gretchen Carlson's case. Miss America 1989 and graduated from Stanford, this Fox presenter denounced last year by harassing chain's president, Roger Ailes, and managed to demolish it as well as $20 million. His decision revealed culture of abuse that had been installed among Fox's hierarchs, including star anchor Bill O'Reilly. But coup was not beyond. Nor was fall in June of Uber President Travis Kalanick, after discovering a swarm of stalkers in his company.

For decades a well-known scheme has been repeated: re was a complaint, re was noise and n silence came. Only outbreak Weinstein has had enough strength to break sequence. Partly because his victims were better known than he was.

Weinstein belonged to magic circle of Democrats. He côtoyait with Hillary, financed Barack Obama, had a friend of Michelle and even hired her daughter Malia as an intern in her studies. Possessed influence and knew how to use it. It was demiurge of Hollywood and looked armored in front of any attack until last October 5th New York Times published a relentless investigation.

Backed by actress Ashley Judd and more victims, story accounted for decades of unlimited sexual predation. A scandal that knew whole mecca of cinema and that producer of Pulp Fiction had years covering with extrajudicial agreements and herds of private detectives willing to silence anyone who needed it.

Lena Headey and Angelina Jolie.

But this time flood was too big. It soon served that Weinstein was expelled from his throne and ended up in a clinic waiting for an arrest warrant. The wave did not stop and to date have denounced 80 actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosanna Arquette, Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevinge, Claire Forlani, Peace of orchard (for rape), Lupita N'yongo, Sarah Polley, Léa Seydoux, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman ...

The effect has been telluric. With his empathic abilities, Hollywood has put a face to harassment. The actresses have made universal pain and explained better than anyone humiliation, but also ir decision to break silence and remove mud that made m tread. The result has overwhelmed world of cinema and has ignited a flame that few believe can be turned off.

In this fire y have played a decisive role in media. The victims have found in fourth power a path that allows m to overcome fear of being crushed by demands of defamation and procedural costs. The medium not only supports m but contrasts and endorses case. After its diffusion, ball is in or field. Companies know that if y keep implicated y are at risk of being accused of complicity. and compensation can be multiplied.

Democratic Congressman John Conyers, Democratic Senator Al Franken, former President George Bush far (Republican), and Republican candidate for Senate by Alabama, Roy Moore. All have been accused of improper conduct. Getty

The mechanism has worked. The complainants are winning battle and press, as he did with abuses of priests, has again shown his muscle. The danger that innocents fall in this swell is evident, although, for time being, no known case has been given. Scandals, on contrary, go furr and general feeling is that a threshold has been stamped. The Capitol itself has imposed on MPs antibullying courses and presidents are under scrutiny. Figures like Priápico Bill Clinton are analyzed under anor light and many consider cases of Paula Jones and Mónica Lewinsky to be understood in a different way now. Neir has George Bush been spared far, of whom it has emerged his habit of grabbing buttocks of women with whom it is photographed. Six cases, over last 15 years, have been uncovered. Bush, 93 years old, has apologized for everyone.

But biggest pressure falls on Trump. In 30 years, at least 24 women have pointed out to him. Although no imputation has flourished, carousel of scenes includes from touches by plane and inrushes in dressing rooms to wild kisses to receptionists and alleged attempts at rape.

Trump has always denied any abuse. And asked this week, he has shown his "joy" for current wave of allegations. "It's very good for women and I'm very happy that se things come to light," he said. His words have not reassured almost anyone. "He has made too many affronts to decency for belief," summarizes Yale analyst and Professor Walter Shapiro.

Among se "affronts" was same day supporting candidate for Alabama Roy Moore, accused of abusing minors when he was 30 years old. But also that explosive recording of 2005 that was made public in election campaign and in which Trump said: "I start Besándolas ..." I don't even expect. When you're a star, n y let you do. Grab for pussy. "You can do whatever you want." A perfect definition of harassment.

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