After The New York Times published its watershed Harvey Weinstein exposé, Cara Delevingne was among the many celebrities who came forward to corroborate the article with her own experiences. She shared a first-hand account of how Weinstein pressed her for details about her sex life and later invited her to his hotel room and instructed her to kiss another woman in front of him. She now has a message for other victims of sexual harassment.
Delevingne said the entire experience in that hotel room with Weinstein made her “scared” but recently told Vanity Fair that reporting harassers, especially in the workplace, is “important” and gave a vote of confidence to anyone in a similar situation.
“The other day, on Instagram, a young person said to me that their boss called them a ‘faggot.’ And she asked, ‘Should I report them? Everyone at work said I shouldn’t.’ I was like, ‘Absolutely, you definitely should,'” Delevingne revealed to Vanity Fair. “What would you say to your friend? This was just someone on Instagram, but it speaks to what I’d like to see in 2018, which is people speaking up and talking about things, no matter how painful they may be. The things that make you uncomfortable are what is important because that’s what’s going to help change the world and make a difference.”
The reason why so many individuals have been afraid to report sexual harassment at work is that they fear being called a liar, losing their job, exposing themselves to bullying, the list goes on. However, in light of the Weinstein accusations and the rest of the #MeToo allegations cropping up in Hollywood, we hope that individuals in any workplace can feel empowered to express their truth, knowing that for the first time in a long time people are listening and taking these stories seriously.