Opinion·Point of View

'Put an end to this abuse': Survivors share #MeToo stories

Three Canadian women from different industries shared their #MeToo experiences with CBC News.

Harvey Weinstein case reignited movement that prompted women to share experiences

Classical violinist Lara St. John, former construction worker Erendira Bravo and Charlotte, a former server in a sports bar whose last name CBC agreed to withhold, share their #MeToo experiences. (John Badcock/CBC News)

Jury deliberations in the Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial are continuing.

The 67-year-old former movie mogul faces five felony charges. He is accused of raping former actress Jessica Mann, 34, in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on then production assistant Miriam Haley, 42, in 2006. 

The cases sparked an expansion of the #MeToo movement that prompted women to share their own experiences of harassment and abuse. 

Three Canadian women from different industries shared their #MeToo experiences with CBC News.

These point of view videos are part of #MeToo 2020, a CBC News series examining what's changed since the start of the #MeToo movement two years ago and how the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will affect the future of the movement.

Classical violinist

London, Ont.-born Lara St. John is a classical violinist who says she was abused and raped by her violin teacher when she was 14 years old. He was never charged. 3:54

Former construction worker

Erendira Bravo of Toronto says she experienced repeated instances of sexual harassment and was fired after turning down her boss’s request for sex. 3:22

Former server in a sports bar

Toronto resident Charlotte, whose last name CBC agreed to withhold, says she experienced months of bullying and sexual assault by a co-worker. She says her complaints were ignored until he allegedly assaulted her in front of her boss. 3:46

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