A month ago Hurricane Harvey of a different kind created a catastrophic storm in Hollywood.
I am referring to the Harvey Weinstein exposé that dredged up decades of his sexual misconduct, which includes not just sexual harassment but also assaults and rape.
That storm did not abate but continues to gather strength. Day after day, we read reports of a growing number of women – both in Hollywood and even in high political offices – coming forward to say they had been sexually harassed and assaulted.
For years such voluminous sexual misdeeds of the rich, famous and powerful were kept under tabs. No victims dare voice their sexual violations for fear of repercussion, being sidelined and ending their career.
Many knew of such gross wrong doings. No one found the courage to speak against it. Finally after some twenty years, two well-known actresses voiced their allegations that were published in New York Times.
Their voice gives courage to many who stepped out to say, “Me Too!”
Two women. One voice. Inspiring other voices, created a category 5 storm that is changing the landscape of the world of entertainment, politics and other industries.
One voice. William Wilberforce brought an end to slavery.
One voice. Martin Luther brought about a Reformation that continues to impact the world today.
One voice. Mahatma Gandhi. And India is never the same again.
One voice. An unknown individual stopped the advancing tanks at Tiananmen Square saying, “My city is in chaos because of you.”
One voice. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani schoolgirl brought education for women in the Islamic world.
One voice. John the Baptist said:
“I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”
And Christmas came. Savior of the world has come.
It takes just one voice.
Your voice matters. No doubt there is a hefty price to pay. But it may change the world where wrongs have yet to be righted?
Have you found your voice?