A former model and actor who was sexually harassed by five men over several years is speaking out against the trend, saying it’s time for men to stop “taking advantage of vulnerable women” and instead use their power to “give back to society.”
Amber Coffman told The Washington Post that the #metoo movement began as a hashtag in 2014 and has been “exploding” since then, after she was the victim of a harassment and assault.
The hashtag was coined by actress Ashley Judd in an interview with the New York Times in which she claimed that she had been sexually harassed in the workplace and had been stalked by five different men for more than two years.
The movement has been embraced by celebrities and women in general, with a few notable voices including Caitlyn Jenner, Chelsea Handler, and Amy Schumer joining in on the #meow campaign.
“When you start this thing, you’re not just speaking to the women who are already vulnerable, but you’re speaking to women who haven’t been speaking out,” Coffman said.
“It’s like we’re all speaking together.
We’re all talking about how to do this right, and I think we need to stop.””
MeToo” and other #metow hashtags have been the subject of much backlash online, with many feminists saying that they have a right to speak out against abuse of power and abuse of privilege.”
It’s time to start speaking up about these issues because we can’t keep speaking up and doing nothing,” Coffmann said.”
I don’t think that’s a good look.”
Coffman, a former model who has since had a successful acting career, was harassed at work in the early 2000s.
In a lengthy Facebook post in 2016, she wrote about being “verbally and sexually harassed” by three different men while working at an agency.
She said that the harassment was so bad that she filed a police report and the harassment and sexual assault was reported to police, but it was never investigated.
She also said that a female manager told her that she was “too beautiful” for the job and told her not to date men.
“You’re going to look stupid when you walk in that door,” she said.
Coffmann added that she has since “turned to the internet to support my journey of recovery,” and has also used the hashtag #metootrope.
“We’ve been sharing our stories online, and the support we’ve received has been incredible,” Coffmans told the Washington Post.
“As an advocate for women and women’s rights, I’ve always felt like a survivor.
I was never a victim, I was a survivor.””
There’s no excuse, I’m a survivor, I just never believed that I was one,” she added.
Cox Media, the owner of the New Yorker, which released a statement calling the story of Coffman’s experience “sad,” said that it was “extremely disappointing” that she and the magazine had “gone on the record to defend a powerful figure.”
“We are confident in the fact that this story will resonate beyond New Yorker and beyond the industry, and that it will ultimately result in change for women,” the statement read.
Coeys lawyer, David Peyser, said that while the statement was “very heartfelt and very true,” it was not an apology.
“The reality is, Ms. Coffman has made her story public because she wanted to be heard,” Peysers statement read, “and to do so with her own words and not those of an employer or of the publication.
The reality is that her story is one that many women have faced, and they’ve spoken out.””
I think this is something that many of us have had to face,” he added.
“This is something we’ve been doing for a very long time, but we are going to continue to do it, and to speak about it, as a group, and as a collective, to ensure that there are real changes that can be made.”
“The world is changing, and we are not going to sit back and not fight for the changes we want to see,” Peosers statement concluded.