YWCA USA statement on Les Moonves: We stand with survivors

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YWCA USA statement on Les Moonves: We stand with survivors

Categories: YWCA USA news

September 10, 2018 

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Tiffany Wang

Statement by YWCA USA CEO Alejandra Y. Castillo:

“The recent horrifying allegations of sexual abuse, harassment, and intimidation against Les Moonves and CBS is just the latest case of powerful men exploiting their authority and being protected at the expense of women and survivors. We stand with and believe all survivors, including the many women who have bravely spoken out against Moonves and the toxic culture of complicity at CBS that enabled abuse.

“We are painfully aware that it took major news coverage and a massive public outcry to get the CBS Board of Directors to finally take action—and even then, there remains a real possibility that Moonves could receive a large payout. Willful ignorance can never be a defense of a corporate culture that tacitly condones and enables sexual abuse. Instead of further normalizing predatory behavior by giving Moonves a golden parachute, we urge CBS to use their vast financial resources to help women and survivors, take full inventory of their corporate values and policies, and enact real changes across all levels of management to cleanse the company of their toxic culture. Abusers, and those who enable them, must be held accountable.

“This case also underscores how our society continues to overlook the most marginalized women in our country: It’s easy to pay attention to cases involving powerful White men at major corporations and in Hollywood that receive major news coverage, but it is crucial that we all recognize and address the everyday abuse experienced by women whose stories and voices are neglected by the media.

“As an organization that serves over 2 million women and girls annually and as the largest network of domestic violence services providers in the country, we at YWCA USA know that women face these same issues of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse every day, at every level of work and across all sectors. From domestic work to the restaurant industry, women—especially women of color—face sexual abuse, harassment, and retaliation, and are frequently silenced by men with positions of relative power and authority. YWCAs across the country work every day in their communities to end violence and support survivors—and we will continue to do so until all survivors get the support, safety, and justice that they deserve.”

 

Children’s Alley Child Care Closed

On March 18, Governor Jared Polis signed an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23-April 17. In accordance with this, the YWCA is planning for Children’s Alley to remain closed until Monday, April 20. We will keep you updated weekly as we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation.

It has been incredibly hard for us to temporarily close our doors knowing that this is creating additional strain on the families we serve and the children we love. While some childcare centers remain open, we are following safety recommendations from Colorado Public Health to close Children’s Alley. As a drop-in childcare center with different children every day, there is an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 and our highest priority has always been to provide quality care while keeping our staff and families healthy and safe.

We are committed to working through this time by identifying the most pressing needs of our community and creatively aligning resources and programming to address these pressing issues. We are staying up-to-date with Boulder County Public Health and will communicate our reopening as soon as it is a possibility.

For more information and community resources, please read our recent blog post.