For Immediate Release
TIME’S UP Now: "By No Means Is This Conversation in America Over"
WASHINGTON - This morning, presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden publicly addressed Tara Reade’s allegation of sexual assault.
Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, responds with the following statement:
“We have reached a pivotal moment in our nation when candidates for president are accused of sexual assault. Today, Vice President Joe Biden sat down and directly addressed the allegation against him with the seriousness it deserves, something that the current president has never done.
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“No longer can claims like this go ignored. Vice President Joe Biden needed to address Tara Reade’s allegation today. We call for complete transparency into this claim and the multiple claims against President Donald Trump. As we go forward, American voters are entitled to a full understanding of all allegations of this nature. Women should be heard, treated respectfully, and have their allegations taken seriously.
“By no means is the conversation about sexual assault and power in America over. The painful truth is that the systems for women to pursue justice are and have always been broken. This must change. TIME’S UP will continue to fight the power imbalances in America‘s workplaces and in our world.
“We understand elections are about choices. And until we can achieve the more perfect union we all deserve, TIME’S UP will measure our leaders on their character, their records, and on the work they do supporting safety, economic equity, inclusion, and the dignity of all women.”
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TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy and political arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.