Survivors of sexual trauma are speaking out against Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen after she admitted in a New York Times interview that the organization is dealing with “a broken-trust moment,” with one survivor saying she was “manipulate, bullied and smeared” by Time’s Up.
Among those speaking out is Drew Dixon, who was one of the first to come forward with sexual abuse allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons in 2017. On Sunday morning, Dixon tweeted furiously about her personal experiences with Tchen, and how she feels the CEO has treated other survivors.
“‘Contempt for survivors’ is right. @TinaTchen manipulated me like a powerless chess piece without regard for my agency as a rape survivor, and then @TIMESUPNOW received a $500,000 donation right after Oprah dropped @OnTheRecordDoc,” Dixon wrote. “So I guess harming a few survivors was worth it.”
“Contempt for survivors” is right. @TinaTchen manipulated me like a powerless chess piece without regard for my agency as a rape survivor, and then @TIMESUPNOW received a $500,000 donation right after Oprah dropped @OnTheRecordDoc So I guess harming a few survivors was worth it. https://t.co/sjBT4E04eA
— Drew Dixon (@deardrewdixon) August 22, 2021
In additional tweets, Dixon noted that Tchen “personally quarterbacked” efforts to “bury” the documentary centered around Dixon’s experiences with Simmons. “I was manipulated, bullied and smeared. It was devastating,” Dixon wrote.
On Sunday morning, Tchen issued a statement in response to the NY Times piece surrounding her leadership of Time’s Up. “We see this reporting as an opportunity to glean more insights and feedback from those who have been impacted by our organization, and we value hearing from those with varying opinions across our vast community,” Tchen said.
In response to Dixon’s tweets, Leslie Mac voiced her support, further slamming Tchen. “WE REMEMBER. Being a Woman doesn’t make you FOR Women,” Mac wrote.
Never forget. And Tina Tchen was aided by complicit powerful women who tried to silence Drew & Sil Lai.
WE REMEMBER. Being a Woman doesn't make you FOR Women. https://t.co/RpM7PTa0QI
— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) August 22, 2021
Along with Dixon, other survivors and people who have worked with survivors are speaking out against Tchen. You can read more shots below.
Yes @shondarhimes It is exhausting. Unfortunately, the hypocrisy of @TIMESUPNOW goes far beyond mere conflicts of interest. Tina Tchen personally quarterbacked the campaign to bury @OnTheRecordDoc I was manipulated, bullied and smeared. It was devastating. https://t.co/pzaMO74fRL
— Drew Dixon (@deardrewdixon) August 21, 2021
Those of us who have actually sacrificed and suffered real career damage as a result of advocating for survivors find this unbearably offensive. It is disgusting that you are trying to use corporate HR and PR tools to stay in your position when you have obviously fucked up. Leave
— Michele Dauber (@mldauber) August 22, 2021
Shonda Rhimes is exhausted?
You know who’s exhausted? All the victims gaslit by Time’s Up. We’re exhausted!
It was always a grift. And they continue to gaslight the public as grifters do. pic.twitter.com/gCxa9bGmjT
— #MeToo Barbie, MD (@ana_safavi) August 22, 2021
.@TinaTchen what on earth could make you possibly believe this:
“Asked why Time’s Up was going back and forth with Ms. DeRosa, Ms. Tchen said: thought we were dealing with an office that wanted to do the right thing.”
And if true, how you can possibly lead @TIMESUPNOW
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) August 22, 2021
Yes, this shit happens. Powerful people who claim to fight sexual violence can abandon and smear survivors. So many of us have experienced institutional betrayal like this, but few of us in the deeply violent way Drew Dixon did. Time’s Up smeared her. https://t.co/Y7UhFcBALT
— Haitian Solidarity 🇭🇹🇵🇸🌍🌿 (@thespinsterymc) August 22, 2021
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