Letter from survivors to James Murdoch: Fire Bill O'Reilly

Letter from survivors to James Murdoch: Fire Bill O'Reilly

Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence:

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    Dear Mr. James Murdoch,

    We are sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and their loved ones, writing once again to ask you to rid Fox News of its culture of gender-based abuse. We hope the latest revelation and resulting consequences finally convince you to stop perpetuating a culture of harassment, abuse, and discrimination and fire anchor and sexual predator Bill O'Reilly.

    The lurid details of Mr. O'Reilly's crimes, and Fox News' role in protecting him while systematically destroying the women he has victimized, are disturbing yet completely unsurprising. We know firsthand that survivors of sexual crimes are silenced, shamed, and vilified by perpetrators and onlookers, and 21st Century Fox has gone as far as to protect O'Reilly from his accusers with monetary payouts.

    Mr. O'Reilly's disdain and lack of respect for women are now apparent both on-screen and off. The longer Fox delays Mr. O'Reilly's termination, the further it permanently cements itself as a company where rape culture not only thrives but is promoted to viewers.

    Mr. Murdoch, we write to you in particular. It seems that among Fox's leadership, you are the single person likely to advocate for us. We implore you to usher in a better version of Fox News, one that is safer for women inside and outside the newsroom, by holding accountable the most visible perpetrator of sexual abuse in your company.

    Fox's complicity in sexual harassment is part of a larger culture that allows for and ignores sexual assault and violence against women. Fox continues to be part of this epidemic each day it employs O'Reilly and protects perpetrators of sexual harassment.

    We urge you to choose women's safety and justice for survivors by getting rid of O'Reilly once and for all.


    Sexual assault survivors, domestic violence survivors, and their family and friends