Sen. Martha McSally, during an emotional congressional hearing on military sexual assault Wednesday, said a superior Air Force officer raped her. McSally, the nation’s first female fighter pilot to serve in combat, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that she was “preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.” “I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted,” McSally said. McSally served in the Air Force for 26 years and mostly flew the A-10.
Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement. The acknowledgment comes just two weeks before he hosts an unprecedented gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the scandal of priestly predators who target children and the superiors who covered up the crimes.
A California judge on Wednesday dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Ashley Judd against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The actress was suing Weinstein after “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson said he didn’t cast her in his films when Weinstein called her a “nightmare” to work with after she turned him down when he propositioned her. Judge Philip Gutierrez wrote in his ruling Judd’s relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute Judd had sued under.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees on Thursday in response to a New York Times report which claimed Google protected executives from sexual misconduct allegations. Pichai revealed that 48 people were fired over the past two years for sexual harassment. Pichai highlighted new tools Google employees can use to report sexual harassment.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to New York police on Friday following an investigation into sexual misconduct charges. Weinstein will face charges including accusations of rape and sexual assault. Weinstein denies engaging in non-consensual sex with anyone. The allegations against Weinstein prompted the beginning of the #MeToo movement.
A coalition of over 300 actresses, writers, and directors, launched the initiative “Time’s Up”, a ‘unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere,’ following various sexual abuse accusations against film producer, Harvey Weinstein. Federal courts have also started an initiative of their own, to better protect court employees from sexual harassment.
After defending Chilean Bishop Juan Barros regarding sexual abuse allegations, saying ‘There is not a single proof against him, everything is slander,’ Pope Francis apologized to victims. The pope said his comments were ‘a slap in the face,’ which he did not intend. The pope continued defending Barros, saying he’s ‘convinced that he’s innocent.’
Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of sexual assault on Thursday in the first such verdict of the #MeToo era. Gloria Allred the lawyer for dozens of Cosby’s accusers reacted to the verdict saying, ‘women were finally believed.’ The 7-man and 5-woman jury took less than two days to reach the Cosby conviction.
Three women who accused President Trump of sexual harassment during the 2016 election, stepped forward, Monday, to publicize their allegations, again. The women called for Congress to investigate their claims against Trump and hold hearings. The White House responded, Monday, releasing a statement calling the women’s allegations, ‘false claims,’ and saying they are politically motivated.
Long-time host, Charlie Rose, was suspended by CBS and PBS after eight women accused him of sexual harassment. The accusations were made by Rose’s employees or women aspiring to work on his PBS show. Rose released a statement apologizing for his behavior, but stating he does ‘not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.’