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Three days ago I read a piece in The Intercept about Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer in Joe Biden’s office, coming forward with a really disturbing story of sexual abuse in the workplace. If you have not already read Ed’s post today, go and do that. He perfectly goes through the story, explaining it from start to the present time.
What caught my attention in The Intercept piece is the fact that the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will not come to Reade’s aid by providing legal assistance and support. Tara Reade reached out to them and at first, she received some encouragement that legal help would come from that group. She knew she would face a strong backlash, especially since Biden is the all but official Democrat presidential nominee.
The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was the recipient of an outpouring of donations over the past two-plus years, and is set up as a 501(c)3 nonprofit housed within the National Women’s Law Center. It was launched in December 2017 and was the most successful GoFundMe in the site’s history, raising more than $24 million. Among the accusers backed so far by Time’s Up are some of those assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, as well scores of others with allegations against executives in male-dominated industries. The group has committed more than $10 million toward funding cases.
So, they are flush with donations and have some experience with help others in Reade’s position. Initially, she was encouraged by the response of the program director at NWLC when she spoke with her in January. The woman didn’t have a problem that Tara was a Sanders supporter or that she didn’t tell her whole story publicly in the past. (That “publicly” part is important. I’ll get to that later.) The program director told Tara she would send a note along to the attorneys, including how critics responded to her on social media when she did come forward. There is even reference made to Reade’s fondness of the Russian people. I know, it gets weird. She has Russian friends and is writing a novel set in Russia. She just wanted help pushing back against the Twitter mob.
The program director shared with Reade the note she planned to forward to attorneys, which read, in part:
Probably not the best day to have said this … https://t.co/pNxMKOSBCf
— TeriChristoph (@TeriChristoph) March 27, 2020
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