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When you realize your friend committed sexual harassment…

November 29, 2017

What would you do if you found out one of your good friends is a perpetrator of sexual harrassment? With more and more survivors coming forward with their stories, high profile names are being exposed for their behavior and actions. This also means that friends, co-workers and family members have to deal with this cognitive dissonance of realizing the person they know and care for is capable of such actions.

Savannah Guthrie knows that feeling.

NBC fired Matt Lauer after a complaint about ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace’ and Savanah made the announcement at the top of the “Today” show. She captures in real-time the process of realizing someone you know and love has hurt others, and what this reckoning feels like:

Kudos to Savannah for her poise this morning in announcing the firing of Matt Lauer. She was saddened for her friend and colleague but confirmed the importance of the accuser coming forward. We are at a pivotal moment in history where unacceptable harassing behavior towards women will no longer be swept under the rug.

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