We believe women and we support survivors.
Creating a safe space for people in the political world is an integral part of our work as Riveters. Our policies clearly state that we do not work with anyone who has harassed, abused and/or assaulted others. (See our zero tolerance policy for candidates).
But our work goes beyond simply refusing to work with harassers and predators. We must affirmatively stand with survivors who are willing to come forward and share their stories.
Today, we are standing with Ann Larson. We believe her story of harassment and retaliation perpetrated by Washington state 40th district senator Kevin Ranker. In the past, Kevin has been our political ally and our friend, and this story is not easy to read for any of us. We’ve compiled a list of resources that we have found useful in supporting survivors, responding when a friend or family member is accused, and apologizing for past complicity or enabling of an abuser.
Speaking out against harassment and abuse can be hard, especially when the perpetrator is in our community, an ally, or in a position of power. But we MUST listen to and believe survivors’ stories. We believe Ann. And we believe that supporting those who share their stories will lead to a political community where people feel safe and valued, especially individuals who are in lesser positions of power. This will require us all to dig deep and dive into a difficult issue. We call on the State Senate to hold themselves to high standards in conducting this precedent-setting investigation.
Thank you, Ann, for your bravery in telling your story. Reach out if there’s more we can do to help.