Secretary Perez, will you take this opportunity to speak up, so that Sara Kabakov and all survivors of sexual assault feel supported? Will you be part of the solution to change the culture, bringing an to end sexual violence?
Open Letter, Advocacy Leaders
The letter’s 19 signers, mostly CEOs, founders, and executive directors of advocacy organizations, object to Mackey’s support of Gafni.
The Times reported Gafni describing one of his accusers:
“She was 14 going on 35, and I never forced her.”
The Times also reported:
“A co-founder of Whole Foods, John Mackey, a proponent of conscious capitalism, calls Mr. Gafni ‘a bold visionary.’ He is a chairman of the executive board of Mr. Gafni’s center, and he hosts board meetings at his Texas ranch.”
The Washington Post reported on coordinated protests at Whole Foods stores in New York City and Los Angeles in May.
Sara Kabakov, the then-14 year old described by Gafni as “going on 35,” came forward publicly for the first time in January, in an opinion piece in the Forward:
Matthew Sandusky, founder of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, and abused son of convicted pedophile and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, is atop the list of signers of the letter, which also includes Bill Murray, founder of NAASCA (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse), and David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the organization featured in the movie Spotlight).
Perez’s office has not responded to inquiries.
The open letter to Perez, authored by activist Nancy Levine, first appeared on the website Feminine Collective on Friday:
“An Open Letter To U.S. Secretary Of Labor Thomas E. Perez: Changing The Culture Of Sexual Violence”
Open Letter republished on Medium includes additional signers.
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