Gretchen Carlson is speaking out to detail the brutal treatment reserved for women who denounce sexual harassment, deploring how they are so often made out to be 'trouble-makers, liars and b*****s'.
The former Fox News host has penned a new essay for Refinery29 in support of the more than 30 women who have publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and, in some cases, rape.
Carlson, who led the charge against the former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes last year, praised the other women who have come forward publicly and urged others to build a culture where harassment victims are no longer silenced.
Message: Gretchen Carlson is speaking out against the poor treatment and intimidation typically reserved to women who denounce sexual harassment
'My first thought when I heard about Harvey Weinstein? "Here we go again," ' Carlson wrote at the beginning of her essay.
She then described how sexual harassment has become 'hard-baked into our culture, and cultivated by the silence of women and men alike'.
Carlson, who received a reported $20 million settlement after suing her boss, explained that after she came forward with her accusations, women started reaching out to her by email and in person, stopping her at airports or restaurants.
This made her realize that people of all ages, professions and walks of life can be subjected to harassment, and how many are silenced on a regular basis.
'The fact that all of these women were willing to open up to me, a complete stranger, speaks volumes about the culture of silence and acceptance that women are forced to reckon with, and how eager many are to tell their story to someone without fear of retribution when they know the person they're telling gets it,' Carlson added.
Case: Carlson led the charge against the former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (pictured) last year. She received a reported $20 million settlement after suing her boss
Offering an explanation as to why so many women are afraid of speaking out, she explained that going public with accusations of harassment can come at a hefty price.
'The costs of coming forward are high,' she wrote. 'I know first-hand what can await. We are stigmatized as trouble-makers, liars, b*****s, and can have our careers taken away in an instant simply by standing up for ourselves.'
Carlson also bashed Twitter for suspending Rose McGowan's account after she made accusations public on the social media platform, using it as an example of how much work remains to do before those who speak out can do so without being silenced.
Advice: The TV host has penned a newly published book, Be Fierce about how to stand up to sexual harassment
'Silence is the weapon of the harasser. It's not just silence of the victim, but also those who simply shrug off harassment as "locker-room talk" or "boys will be boys," ' she added.
Carlson, who has penned a newly published book, Be Fierce about how to stand up to sexual harassment, explained how people can act to make sure it is easier for victims to speak out in the future.
'We must start earlier and encourage young people to use their voice. We must educate teenagers — boys and girls — about sexual harassment. We must really celebrate men who speak out as well,' she added.
The TV host encouraged others to research a potential employer before accepting a new job, and, if harassment does occur, do document every instance. Her advice also included: 'Assert yourself verbally. Know and follow complaint procedures. Consult with an attorney first.'
She went on to praise the women who have come forward with accusations saying she has been 'blown away' by their courage.
'Together, we can take control of our lives and our own personal power,' she wrote. 'We will not be underestimated, intimidated or held back. We will not be silenced. We will tell the truth.'