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2017 served as a vital turning point in exposing the widespread nature of sexual harassment in society.

The movement had its own hashtag, #MeToo, the iconic two words that helped multitudes to speak out.

It seems that 2018 has already replaced #MeToo with a different, yet still so necessary, rallying cry: #TimesUp.

300 women in the entertainment industry banded together and wrote a letter of solidarity, which was published in the New York Times and Spanish language paper La Opinión.

Among those involved are Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera and Shonda Rhimes.

Actress Amber Tamblyn described the open letter as a 'call to arms', letting society know that sexual harassment in the workplace will no longer be tolerated.

'To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor….we stand with you.'

'We support you,' the letter reads.

In the open letter, they also thanked the women of the Farm Worker's Union, who reached out to support them in the fight against sexual harassment.

It is a fight that has proven difficult and lengthy.

The piece cites the underrepresentation of women in positions of power for why sexual misconduct has been allowed to continue for such a very long time.

 

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'The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,' they wrote.

The Time's Up initiative has its own website, with a 'Know Your Rights' section to help those who find themselves being sexually harassed in the workplace.

Of course, reporting sexual harassment is a legal process, and navigating the legal system can be costly. However, Time's Up are working to help those who are financially disadvantaged.

They have a GoFundMe, which has raised over $13 million (over €10.7 million) so far in order to 'provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace'.

It is so heartening and empowering to see these privileged women working to help their sisters.

We definitely agree with them: time's up.

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As a woman who frequents bars and clubs on the regular, you may have encountered a few men who seem to think they are entitled to female attention once they get a few drinks into them.

It's bad enough putting up with it as a customer, so imagine the amount of unwanted sexual attention female bar staff could be getting? 

One bar has seen this issue unfolding in their tavern, and have created some singage to combat the matter. 

The Beer Cellar in Exeter has put together a pretty clever way to demonstrate that the female bar staff are in fact not mad for the customers, despite what they may think after a few too many, and have come up with a handy pie chart to prove this.

 A bartender at the Beer Cellar told Mashable that they put up the sign after a 'very sex-pest heavy' weekend.

'People really laugh, people support it' she said.

'One per cent think it’s a bit offensive, which is funny to me because those are the people it’s aimed at.'

'This is definitely our favourite sign in the bar,' reads the caption on the now viral Twitter post of the sign. 

'Also if dudes could stop trying to kiss our female bartender's hands, that would be great.'

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A new campaign fronted by the young women of the University of Bristol is aiming to open a discussion and raise awareness around the topic of sexual assault and harassment.

Some female students have taken to Snapchat to share their personal experiences in a bid to showcase just how common the problem actually is. 

The clips combine to make a Snapchat story that manages to be simultaneously utterly distressing and yet highly-relatable. 

One woman said, ''In my first term of freshers I walked a drunk friend home after a night out. I refused to let anything happen but he said, ‘It’s not rape – you want this.''

Another women revealed that she had been raped three time since starting her studies: “I’ve lived in Bristol for about five years and since being a student here I've been raped again three times and assaulted a lot. Every time it happens it's been someone that I know, I like, I love and that I see all the time.”

Some of the women chose hide their identity by covering their faces with emojis and stickers. 

The campaign is the brainchild of Hannah Price, th Online Editor of the student paper, Epigram. She hoped that using a familiar platform such as Snapchat would encourage her female peers feel comfortable enough to speak up.

In an interview with The Independent, Hannah spoke about the severity of the often forgotten issue. 

“While at university, whenever the topic has been discussed with my girlfriends it was always met with ‘me too,’ or similar accounts.''

She continued, “But I've watched as it has become increasingly normalised – with us all just shrugging it off. So I wanted to spark the conversation before everyone went silent on the issue.”

The response to the original story was overwhelming positive and so Hannah has since compiled the clips into a six-minute Youtube video.

“Within a few hours of posting the original story I was contacted by a male survivor from the university who wanted to tell me he was touched by the campaign and thanking me for raising the voice on the issue,” Hannah revealed to The Independent

We applaud Hannah and the women of the University of Bristol for brining light to a topic has become increasingly normalised over the years. 

 

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Gary Beadle has landed himself in a LOT of trouble following a racy photo taken in a UK nightclub.

The Geordie Shore star posed for a photo in Unit 17, which saw him laying his hands on the boobs of two women during a night out.

Unit 17 in Ipswich then used the snap to promote an A-Level student club night results party.

However, many people have blasted the photo, which forced the nightclub to delete the image from its social media pages.

Many commented on the photo, saying that it condones sexual harassment and sends very negative images out to the public.

A spokeswoman for Unit 17 said on Facebook: "We do not tolerate or condone sexual harassment of any kind and work hard to ensure that Unit 17 provides a safe and welcoming environment for all our guests.

"The Facebook post, which we have removed, was unacceptable and we apologise for any offence caused.

"We will be retraining our team on our social media policy, which states that posts of this nature should never be made."

However, Gary has yet to make a comment.

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