Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-10-02
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



Women's Advocates Condemn Erika Harold for Sexual Harassment Victim Blaming

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Chicago, IL — Today, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, State Sen. Heather Steans, and State Rep. Ann Williams and representatives of Planned Parenthood and Equality Illinois condemned Republican AG nominee Erika Harold for blaming and shaming victims of sexual harassment and called out the hypocrisy of her latest ad.

The Harold campaign is airing a TV ad claiming she'll "make sure every victim of sexual assault and harassment knows the Attorney General has their back," but a newly-uncovered interview reveals Harold's troubling past of victim blaming.

This is what Harold had to say about victims of sexual harassment which she continues to stand by:

"I think that if a young person is engaged in a promiscuous lifestyle, it makes them vulnerable to other risk factors, so I definitely see a tie-in there…Many victims of sexual harassment believe what is said about them, and they become very promiscuous. When they're called a whore, when they're called a slut, they think, 'That's what I want to be,' and so they engage in a pattern of self-destruction that can be very detrimental to their lives."

In response, women's advocates condemned Harold's remarks and hypocrisy on standing up for victims of sexual assault and harassment:

"Erika Harold has said time and again that her personal views don't matter," said State Senator Heather Steans. "She says her personal views don't matter when she reportedly said she'd rather see a child adopted by a known child abuser than a loving gay couple. She says they don't matter when she opposes a woman's right to choose, even in cases of rape or incest. And she'll probably say her personal views don't matter now. But the truth is as Erika Harold runs ads trying to co-opt the #MeToo movement and saying she'll have victims' backs as attorney general, a despicable record of victim blaming has emerged."

"When taken together with her extreme views on abortion and LGBTQ equality, a common theme emerges. Erika Harold continues to blame, shame and judge people and wants to restrict and control what they do with their bodies and their lives," said State Representative Ann Williams. "I am troubled and concerned about Erika Harold's comments. These comments, which she stood by yesterday, made a disturbing and bizarre correlation between sexual harassment and bullying and 'promiscuity.' Survivors of sexual harassment and bullying deserve to be supported and validated. The Attorney General's office is no place for someone engaging in victim blaming, victim shaming or victim judging."

"When it comes to LGBTQ rights, a woman's right to choose, and sexual harassment, what we're seeing from Erika Harold is a pattern of extreme right-wing views that she wants to keep secret," said State Senator Kimberly Lightford. "She says her personal views don't matter because Erika Harold's personal views are too extreme for Illinois. Personal views do matter. They speak to character and integrity and the type of leader we can expect our next attorney general to be. That's why I support Kwame Raoul. Kwame has been advocating for women and helping victims of sexual harassment obtain justice and assistance for decades. And, unlike Erika Harold, Kwame has fought and will continue to fight to protect a woman's right to choose and access to healthcare, regardless of her income or zip code. Kwame doesn't shy away from his personal views because he's proud of them — not ashamed of them like Erika Harold."

"Erika Harold's victim blaming and victim shaming comments perpetuate the stigma surrounding sexual assault survivors," said Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC's Paula Thornton Greear. "When, if, how, and why a victim comes forward is up to them; but when people like Erika Harold place the blame on survivors the ability to speak freely is negated."

"Illinois needs an Attorney General who will lead the fight for equality and justice before the Supreme Court, where Judge Kavanaugh is now the likely deciding vote on so many issues affecting our lives, including non-discrimination protections, licenses to discriminate, and the rights of transgender students in schools," said Equality Illinois PAC's Mike Ziri. "Erika Harold will not stand up for women's rights, LGBTQ equality and the values of our state. We need an Attorney General who will fight for us — and that's Kwame Raoul."

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


Gay News

HRC Chicago to honor Kim Hunt, Dane Hites 2019-10-14 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Chicago Gala will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Dr., ...

Gay News

State treasurer's LGBTQ reception Oct. 16 2019-10-12 - Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs will host a celebration on the concourse of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., 12-1 ...

Gay News

CNN LGBT-specific Town Hall filled with unexpected drama 2019-10-11 - The bar had been set pretty high for CNN's Oct. 10 town hall on LGBT issues for Democratic presidential candidates. It was ...

Gay News

Gay Fox anchor steps away from network 2019-10-11 - In a sudden move on Oct. 11, Shepard Smith said that after more than two decades at Fox News, he was stepping down ...

Gay News

Presidential candidates unveil LGBTQ+ platforms 2019-10-11 - A few of the Democratic presidential candidates—U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, as well as openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ...

Gay News

New report details network of organizations working against LGBT rights 2019-10-10 - ( Washington, DC ) Today, Accountable for Equality released a new report that outlines the vast and broad network of state and national ...

Gay News

Victory Fund: Buttigieg's LGBTQ policy "comprehensive, inclusive, ambitious" 2019-10-10 - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund — the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office — praised Democratic ...

Gay News

Buttigieg announces plan to secure equality for LGBTQs 2019-10-10 - SOUTH BEND, IN — Today, Pete Buttigieg released his plan 'Becoming Whole: A New Era for LGBTQ+ Americans,' a comprehensive policy that brings ...

Gay News

Chicago Reader hosting presidential forum watch party 2019-10-09 - The Chicago Reader is hosting a watch part for the Human Rights Campaign/CNN presidential town hall Thursday, Oct. 9, starting at 5 p.m. ...

Gay News

Nearly 9 million LGBT adults registered to vote in 2020 general election 2019-10-09 - Nearly nine million LGBT adults are registered to vote, according to a new analysis by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. ...


Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.







About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.