Like you, our team's feeds have been full of women recounting their own experiences of sexual abuse and harassment in the last two days, sometimes in detail. To all the women who have spoken out – or who have chosen not to but whose experiences are just as real and just as harrowing – we salute your courage and your strength. To all of the men who have expressed solidarity or even complicity and a willingness to do better, thank you.
The women on our team, too, have our own stories. Some of them involve men in the animal rights movement. This movement is driven by women, we must create a safe space for them, for their voices, and experiences, and talents. We should not have to live with this shared, accepted burden. As activists, we already have too much weight to carry and too many other battles to fight. Believe women. Listen to women. Support women.
Image: Young activist at a fur protest. Canada, 2013.