Laura Okmin, a sports broadcaster and reporter for American channel Fox Sports, claims there has been widespread sexual harassment of her fellow female journalists at the Tokyo Olympics.
Okmin has been with Fox since 2002, mainly covering NFL but also NBA, MLB and Olympic Games, and is using her position as an experienced journalist to speak out about the treatment some are suffering at the Games.
Writing on Twitter, Okmin explained: ‘Olympic coverage means long hours on the road.
‘Getting WAY TOO MANY msgs like this: “I’m appalled at the men who have been hitting on me and inviting me to their rooms and so forth. I can handle that and blow it off easily. What I can’t handle is the way they treat me when I deny them. Do you have advice on how to keep my confidence up?”
‘ENOUGH. Stop putting women in this position. We are sharing stories and names. We know who you are. The old days of protecting you are over – we are now protecting each other.
‘Ladies, don’t go through this alone. Lean on a mentor (DM’s open) and your sisters. Don’t let anyone get into your head and touch your confidence.
‘Share your stories. You have a support system of women who have navigated this – lean into that.
‘And finally. If you’re wondering if this tweet is about you…. It is.’
The Tokyo Games is into its final few days, with the Closing Ceremony to be held on Sunday 8 August in Tokyo.
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