In the aftermath of swathes of women accusing Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, many of us were left thinking: there must be others.
And those of us in Australia also began to suspect there were powerful men in our own backyard, whose sexist or predatory behaviour has gone unchecked and unexposed.
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Veteran journalist Tracey Spicer, who has been vocal about gender discrimination in the media industry, also began to suspect. And now she’s going to find out.
The author announced on Twitter on Wednesday that she was investigating “two long-term offenders in our media industry” and called on women to privately share their experiences with her.
Among the replies to the Tweet were women suggesting there was far more than two men to investigate and indicating they had experienced harassment in the industry – or at least knew about it.
Today, the 50-year-old indicated she had received hundreds of messages from women sharing their stories of harassment by powerful men in the media industry.
She told News Corp she intends to name and shame these men.
“These are serial predators who’ve been enabled by their workplaces,” Spicer told The Australian.
“They deserve to be held to account after the way that they have behaved over many decades … We’re actually looking at prosecutions, as well as exposing these people.”
She has already named the late Nine News director John Sorell – who died of a heart attack in 2009 – as a “monster” of whom she speaks in her memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare.
In it, she detailed the multiple times she experienced sexual harassment throughout her career.
We have no doubt as Spicer’s investigations continue she will keep us updated – and we’re going to stay tuned.