Time’s up for serial sexual abusers hiding between the cracks.
The Me Too Registry is a confidential registry that will notify victims that their perpetrator is a serial abuser, if multiple victims of the same alleged abuser register. Notification will be through a private “You Are Not Alone” email sent to the victims. The registry is administered by Fox Law, P.C. as a public service. Fox Law will keep private the names of the victims.
To join the Me Too Registry, users submit a Me Too Registration Form. If two or more women identify the same alleged perpetrator, Fox Law will send a private “You Are Not Alone” email to each victim. The email will notify the victim that they are not the only victim of their alleged perpetrator. The email will not identify the other victims.
Time’s up on silence.
The Me Too Movement was the first step in empowering victims of sexual abuse by bringing awareness to victims that they are not alone. Since then, the GoFundMe “Time’s Up” Legal Defense Fund was born, further empowering victims by providing “subsidized legal support to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers”. And now, the Me Too Registry takes empowerment one step farther, providing a database to identify serial perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Why time’s up with the help of the Me Too Registry
The biggest deterrent of all crime is not the severity or length of punishment, but the likelihood of getting caught. Furthermore, 20% of women who do not report sexual assault cite the reason being fear of retaliation, such as losing their job and other repercussions that stem from not being believed.
Multiple victims are not necessary to pursue a sexual offense claim. However, most victims say the reason they did not come forward is fear that they will not be believed, or fear of retaliation in the workplace. When victims learn that there are other victims of their same perpetrator, they often feel more empowered or compelled to act. After all, it’s not as easy to call 2…3…or 10 victims a liar. The concerns are real in that sexual assault claims often involve a he-said, she-said dialogue of claims and counter-claims. Witnesses are rarely present to substantiate what happened. Defamation of character counter-suits among the rich and famous and employment retaliation are valid concerns for the victim.
If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, history suggests that most victims of sexual assault or sexual harassment will not report the crime if they believe they are alone. If, however, victims feel that their claim can be substantiated by other victims, they are far more likely to report the crime.
Since the mid-1960’s, Bill Cosby allegedly abused women and not a single one dared to come forward until Andrea Constand filed a civil suit against the comedian in 2005. Constand’s civil suit against Cosby alleged 13 Jane Doe’s had similar stories of sexual assault. Cosby settled the suit. Since then, more than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Bill Cosby was charged criminally on December 30, 2015 however jurors were deadlocked. Prosecutors say they will re-try the case. When interviewed, almost all of the victims said that their reason to stay silent for so long was their fear that they would not be believed. After all, Bill Cosby was “America’s Dad”.
Then came the victims of Larry Nassar, former doctor of U.S.A. Gymnastics. His victims came out of the woodwork only after they realized that they were not alone. Charges against Larry Nasser have been claimed since 1999, but it wasn’t until 2016 that women began speaking out publically, after the Indianapolis Star published a piece on USAG’s mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse by coaches. Since then, 265 women have accused Larry Nasser of sexual assault.
In 2017, the women in Hollywood began to come forward in their accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment by dozens of famous women. After Harvey Weinstein, more victims of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment flooded the news and more famous alleged perpetrators were named, as women continued to link arms in their accusations. Among those accused in 2017 were Actor Ben Affleck, Nickelodeon Producer Chris Savino, Celebrity Chef John Besh, Writer-Director James Toback, Fashion Photographer Terry Richardson, Journalist and MSNBC Political Analyst Mark Halperin, Actor Kevin Spacey, Comedian Andy Dick, Actor Dustin Hoffman, Comedian Louis C.K., “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, U.S. Senator Al Franken, PBS and CBS host Charlie Rose, NBC “Today” show morning host Matt Lauer, President Donald Trump, and California Federal Court Judge Alex Kozinski.
Time’s up for sexual abuse going unreported.
The time is now to hold abusers accountable. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are criminal and civil offenses. If you believe you are a victim of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment you may contact the police to investigate criminal charges. You may also file a civil lawsuit and seek monetary compensation.
Fox Law will keep private the name(s) of the victim(s), however Fox Law may privately contact victims as potential witnesses should a claim be filed by one or more victims of the same alleged perpetrator.”
 Wright, Valerie. “Deterrence in Criminal Justice: Evaluating Certainty vs. Severity of Punishment.” The Sentencing Project.
 Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Female Victims of Sexual Violence, 1994-2010 (2013).