Remove the Dov Charney flag from the front of your store at 138 Newbury Street in Boston
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Sexual violence is an issue that affects at least 1 in 5 women, according to a recently released report by the CDC. It is a pervasive and persistent issue. American Apparel, by choosing to fly a flag of their founder, Dov Charney, outside of their store location at 138 Newbury Street, is sending a message loud and clear that they do not care about survivors of sexual violence.
Dov Charney is the founder and former CEO of American Apparel. He has also been the subject of at least five sexual harassment lawsuits. He has been accused consistently, by multiple female employees and models that have worked for the company, of sexual harassment. In June 2014, the company dismissed Charney, stating that Charney sexually harassed employees and "refused to participate in mandatory sexual harassment training," and that he gave "significant severance packages to former employees to help conceal wrongdoing."
And while Charney has been reinstated as a consultant with the company, we still find the flying of a flag bearing his face to an insult to all survivors of sexual violence. We believe that this flag creates unsafe public space on the sidewalk outside of the store. The flag is a slap in the face to all of Dov Charney's victims. It is a slap in the face to survivors of sexual violence everywhere. It is proof that we live in a rape culture, one which fails to punish and often even rewards sexual predators. Walking down the street and having to see this man's face could be triggering for survivors of sexual violence, who have to be reminded that predators are everywhere. American Apparel, by choosing to put the face of a man who is known to commit acts of sexual violence in a public space, has made the sidewalk outside of its store unsafe for survivors who walk by it.
The City of Boston has, in the past, taken a stand for its citizens by penning a public letter to Chik-fil-A telling them that they cannot support a company that does not support its LGBTQ citizens. We are now following that tradition, pledging that Hollaback! Boston and Boston Area Rape Crisis Center don't support the flying of a flag with the face of a known sexual predator on it. We are taking a stand for every survivor who may walk down that sidewalk. They have a right to feel safe on our streets. Everyone has the right to feel safe on the streets of Boston.
And so we are asking American Apparel to remove the flag outside of their store location at 138 Newbury Street in Boston.
Hollaback! Boston and Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
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