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The Monday Catch-Up – Your debrief of the weekend’s headlines

IT was the weekend that the demise of Harvey Weinstein’s career continued as the Oscars organisers “voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority” to expel him from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board, reports the BBC. It was also reported that, similarly to cases in America, the Metropolitan Police here in the UK is investigating a number of allegations, adding to the already startling number of women who have come forward to speak about their experiences with the Hollywood producer.

The allegations about Weinstein’s abusive behaviour were mirrored by testimonies from models in the fashion industry this weekend, which Cameron Russell continued to share on her Instagram account. The model encouraged both male and female models to share their experiences under the protection of anonymity, to try and expose the scope of sexual abuse in sectors other than the film industry. Harrowing and hard-hitting, the move by the model prompted her campaign to go viral across the internet.

TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️ A brave model (and friend) reached out to me with her story today. She has asked to remain anonymous but asked that I share her words here because the photographer still works in the industry. She wants to encourage other women to speak up. We need a way to begin breaking the silence while remaining protected. We are not talking about one, five, or even twenty men. We are talking about a culture of exploitation and it must stop. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE YOUR STORY ANONYMOUSLY, DIRECT MESSAGE ME and I will post your words. If you would like to share publicly use the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse so the industry can see the size and scope of this problem. Hearing about #harveyweinstein this week has sparked conversations about how widespread and how familiar his behavior is. We talked about how hard it is to share stories of assault. When they are the norm, calling them out can feel disruptive and unprofessional. On many occasions I’ve been called a feminist for reporting unwanted groping, spanking, pinching, pressure for dates, phone calls and texts of a sexual nature, lack of appropriate changing areas, etc. And because the response has always been “are you surprised?” or “that’s part of the job” I tolerated them. When the offenses were bigger, calling them out is terrifying, and demands a level of exposure and backlash to what is already painful and sometimes shameful. #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse

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Elsewhere this weekend, news focused on the incoming Hurricane Ophelia which looks set to make landfall over Ireland this week. Making its way from the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean, it is said to be the most severe storm to hit the Emerald Isle in 50 years. Already on Monday morning, it had reached the south of the country leaving 15,000 people without power.

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In the world of celebrity, congratulations were due for actress Sophie Turner and her musician boyfriend Joe Jonas, as the Game of Thrones actress revealed the couple are engaged on her Instagram account. She follows in the footsteps of her fellow GoT co-stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harrington, who announced their engagement earlier this month.

I said yes.

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Elsewhere, in politics Austrian People’s Party leader Sebastian Kurz came first in the country’s legislative elections, putting him on course to be the country’s next chancellor and therefore the youngest world leader at the age of 31. While here in the UK, Hillary Clinton continued the promotional tour for her book, What Happened, appearing on The One Show on Friday night shedding light on her feelings post last year’s presidential election, before fitting in numerous appointments, including Woman’s Hour this morning.


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