'We, Too, Are Survivors.' 223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment

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Heather Hurlburt signed the #metoonatsec letter, standing up against sexual harassment and abuse in the national security sector, which was covered by TIME.

More than 200 women who work on national security for the U.S. signed an open letter saying that they have survived sexual harassment and assault or know someone who has experienced it.
Signed by current and former diplomats, civil servants, servicemembers and development workers, the letter calls for stronger sexual harassment reporting, mandatory training and outside data collection on how often it occurs.
“This is not just a problem in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, newsrooms or Congress,” reads the letter, which was shared with TIME. “These abuses are born of imbalances of power and environments that permit such practices while silencing and shaming their survivors.”
The open letter is titled #metoonatsec, a reference to the “Me Too” movement which sprung up on social networks in October over sexual harassment in the aftermath of explosive reports about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s years of abusive behavior, along with allegations about other notable men.

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Heather Hurlburt is director of the New Models of Policy Change initiative at New America's Political Reform program.