The fashion industry has a long history of overlooking sexual predatory behavior, and this year's New York Fashion Week (NYFW) was no exception.
Clad in a purple velvet suit with his hairy chest exposed, porn star Ron Jeremy
walked the runway during Nina Athanasiou's show despite facing several serious accusations of sexual assault.
For too long, various industries and institutions have continued to laud and protect sexual predators who prey on those less powerful than them. But now #TimesUp.That's why we're asking NYFW to apologize and implement a policy to prevent sexual predators from walking the runway.
The list of accusations against Ron Jeremy is long. He's currently being sued in the state of Washington for groping and digitally penetrating a model without consent during a radio station promo event. He has been accused of similar behavior at various porn conventions by a fan, a journalist, and multiple porn performers. And he has been accused of rape by at least three different women.
Sadly, the accusations against Ron Jeremy closely mirror the type of work-related sexual abuse that runs rampant in the fashion industry. According to reports
, younger, vulnerable, and lesser known models often face sexual exploitation and abuse ranging in severity at the hands of photographers, stylists, and other industry professionals with more power. And those who don't do the abusing often enable the abuse by protecting and covering up what's happening.It's time for the fashion industry to step up and say no to sexual abuse. Please sign now, and let's urge New York Fashion Week to commit to keeping sexual predators off the runway.
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