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Between Cosby and Kavanaugh -- 810 High-Profile Public Figures Accused of Sexual Harassment

T&C Press Release, PR Newswire, October 3, 2018

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NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As the #MeToo movement has redefined "acceptable" conduct in every sphere of society — from the workplace to the university, from Hollywood to the Supreme Court — reputation and crisis management consultancy Temin and Company has logged 810 high-profile figures from Cosby to Kavanaugh accused of sexual harassment. This creates a comprehensive database of those accused of #MeToo-related conduct since the arrest of Bill Cosby in December 2015.

Among the 810 Temin's "#MeToo Index" has tallied are: 234 in arts and entertainment; 192 in politics and government; 159 in business; 114 in media and broadcasting; and 63 in colleges and universities. "Every sector has been affected," says Temin CEO Davia Temin, "and leaders — CEOs and board directors – are looking for insight on why, why now, and how we can address the reputational risk of toxic workplace cultures."

Weinstein was the Watershed
"We are at a pivotal moment when several aspects of the movement, and its pushback, are converging," Temin continues. "As the nation is fixated on the Kavanaugh hearings and FBI investigation, as well as Cosby's sentencing as a 'sexually violent predator,' October 5 also marks one year since the explosive revelations of Harvey Weinstein's decades of sexual misconduct. Our data tells us that these revelations opened the floodgates and set off the spike in allegations around the world." Accusations averaged 6 per month between Cosby and Weinstein, and jumped to 78 in October 2017, 119 in November, and 103 in December. The average in 2018 is 42 per month. "We are seeing the public impact of these accusations in real time, and the power they have to marshal public sentiment, outcry, and action."

No One Wants to be a "#MeToo Company"
As allegations around sexual misconduct and toxic culture increasingly dominate the news cycle, the consequences for organizations have risen exponentially. An SEC filing by CBS on September 28 revealed CBS has received subpoenas from the New York County District Attorney and the NYC Commission on Human Rights, as well as a request for information from the NYS Attorney General's Office regarding allegations against Les Moonves, "CBS News and cultural issues at all levels of CBS." "A dramatic shift is occurring in organizations everywhere, and corporate boards – especially women board members — are paying serious attention," says Temin. "No one wants to be a '#MeToo company' today."

Metrics Bolster Narrative
"Personal narrative, fueled by social media, has transformed the #MeToo movement into a powerhouse very quickly," Temin says. "But I believe it takes narrative combined with metrics — with research — to put the issue in context and fuel its next wave. One person's story on social media, even anonymous, strikes a chord with others who have experienced the same thing, sometimes perpetrated by the same individual. Victims may have felt alone before, but then recognize that they have been part of a pattern. They then post their stories, sometimes anonymously as well. Their stories attract others who do affix their names, and a powerful trajectory of truth is begun.

"But you can lie with narrative as well. We all know that. It is the wise combination of metrics, personal narrative, and pristine due process that will bring us closest to long-hidden truths that have damaged women's progress forever. That is why I started this Index."

#MeToo Index: Highlights
Compiling data of allegations around sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, workplace misconduct, and other related behavior, the continuously updated Temin #MeToo Index defines "high-profile" accusations as receiving at least seven mentions in the popular media. The database includes over 25 information fields, ranging from the accused's age, industry, date of accusation and resolution, to political party. Highlights from the Index include:

  • A steep explosion in numbers of public accusations occurred after Weinstein revelations in the New York Times – October 5, 2017:
    • June, 2017: 10
    • July, 2017: 10
    • August, 2017: 9
    • September, 2017: 11
    • October, 2017: 78
    • November, 2017: 119
    • December, 2017: 103
  • After the spike in accusations following Weinstein, the number of accusations per month has held relatively steady over the last 6 months:
    • April, 2018: 28
    • May, 2018: 39
    • June, 2018: 24
    • July, 2018: 39
    • August, 2018: 41
    • September, 2018: 35
  • Entertainment, politics, and business draw most accusations:
    • Arts & Entertainment: 234
    • Politics & Government: 192
    • Business: 159 (including 40+ in finance)
    • Media & Broadcasting: 114
    • Colleges & Universities: 63
  • Final resolutions of cases (many still pending) include:
    • 75 Arrested (Some before or after being fired)
    • 18 Deceased (3 committed suicide)
    • 146 Fired
    • 211 Resigned
    • 18 Retired
    • 53 Suspended/Are on Leave
    • 104 Lost Work (including entertainers or sports figures)/Other
    • 221 No Repercussions
  • 56 CEOs are the subject of accusations to date. 21 CEOs of public companies and 29 CEOs of private companies have had accusations revealed in the media, in addition to 6 nonprofit CEOs. In the nonprofit sphere, there are also 20 CEO-equivalents, including directors, founders, and presidents of prominent, heavily-funded national and international organizations, who have come under fire, with all 20 leaving their positions, although one was re-elected after being exonerated of the charges.
  • Accusations of sexual misconduct cross party lines fairly evenly. For those in political office accused of misconduct, the split is fairly even between Democrats and Republicans: 76 Democrats vs. 70 Republicans.
  • 97% of accused are male. Asia Argento captured media attention by being on both sides of the #MeToo debate – accuser and accused – but 787 of the 810 alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment or assault on the Temin #MeToo Index are male.
  • The time between accusation to resolution has been growing shorter. As #MeToo begins to be seen as a real reputational risk, organizations are paying attention to and acting on complaints more quickly. Some are even announcing the resolution of a complaint at the same time they announce the accusation.

And, separately, in the business sphere:

  • M&A deal risk: Financial impact in the M&A space came with the arrival of the "Weinstein clause" in mid-summer '18, mandating additional due diligence of executive conduct in target companies and allowing acquiring firms to pull out if they found something they didn't like.
  • Asset management flight: Investors are seeing firms with sexual harassment complaints as an investment risk; some portfolio managers are staying away and others are questioning company management about their workplace culture issues and how they are dealing with sexual misconduct.
  • Corporate investigations into company culture: "The best organizations are conducting deep dives into their corporate culture to better understand how sexual harassment is tolerated, and the dynamics at play in their workplace. Boards themselves are also more involved in addressing cultural insufficiencies in their companies than ever before – a role that used to belong almost exclusively to management and HR."

"We are at the tip of the iceberg as more and more organizations continue or begin investigations into their cultures in general and #MeToo incidents in specific," says Temin. "More incidents will come to light. Different sectors are reacting on different timelines, and with different levels of seriousness, but this is a movement toward fairness and safety that will not be stopped. It is inexorable.

"Organizations seeking to create cultures not only of safety, compliance and security, but of mentorship, innovation, purpose, and excellence, are demanding zero tolerance for this kind of misconduct and are demonstrating greater willingness to mete out consequences when required."

The troubling case of Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett and the #MeToo movement

Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2018

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is in the early stages of an investigation into allegations that actress Asia Argento sexually abused child actor Jimmy Bennett at a Marina del Rey hotel in 2013. But like so many sexual abuse allegations in Hollywood over the last year, this case is playing out in the media and the court of public opinion.

Law enforcement authorities from Los Angeles to London have investigated dozens of allegations against Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others. The Argento case, however, is unique because she was one of the leading figures calling out others in Hollywood for alleged wrongdoing.

"It's a man-bites-dog story, and it's an anomaly in a serious and profound movement forward," said Davia Temin, a crisis manager who does research on the #MeToo movement. "It shows that the story gets more complicated." [...read more]

Boy Scouts to Drop ‘Boy’ From Name of Main Scouting Program

Valerie Bauerlein, The Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2018

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The Boy Scouts of America is changing the name of its marquee scouting program to reflect last fall's historic decision to include girls. The Boy Scouts program for children aged 11 to 17 will lose the "boy" and be renamed Scouts BSA, effective in February of next year.

The rebranding announced Wednesday sets the century-old organization in direct competition with the Girl Scouts of the USA for a membership base that has been dwindling for decades.

Girl Scout alumna and volunteer Davia Temin said the organization must fight back aggressively against attempts to poach members. "They are executing on a hostile takeover, not just for the organization, for the girls of America." [...read more]

NBC Fires Matt Lauer for "Inappropriate Behavior"

Richard Quest, Quest Means Business, CNN Money, November 29, 2017

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U.S. TV anchor, Matt Lauer, was fired by NBC news after a complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.

Forget the drawn-out Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey. With Matt Lauer, it all happened very quickly. The complaint was filed against Lauer on Monday. The investigation took place on Tuesday. And he was fired last night. The speed shows how seriously companies are now taking sexual harassment claims.

"It's about time. Finally...through some conglomeration of social media, more women around, finally it is being taken seriously, and not a wink, wink, nod, nod," said Davia Temin.

"I think that you can probably assume from the quickness with which Matt Lauer was fired that there was some real proof there. We don't know what they saw. They're not sharing everything. It's not total transparency. Nor should it be. But there's probably an awful lot of proof there. So, what I would say to you is, it's not time yet. It's not time for the pushback when we're still just starting to hear what the real problem is."

"All I can say is, it's about time that they start looking the right way now. Let's not castigate them for that yet." [...read more]

Davia Temin, Crisis and Reputational Risk Expert, Honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across America

T&C Press Release, Yahoo! Finance, January 30, 2017

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Crisis and reputational risk strategist and leadership coach Davia Temin has been honored by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes leadership in advancing organizational trust on a global level; Temin has been named one of the group's "Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business" for five consecutive years. [...read more]

Donald Trump just tweeted about you -- what do you do?

Cory Schouten, CBS MoneyWatch, December 9, 2016

A high-profile dustup this week between Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg and President-elect Donald Trump has left corporate board members and CEOs on edge.

Shortly after news emerged that Muilenburg had questioned Trump's stance on trade in a speech in Chicago, the president-elect fired back with tweets threatening to cancel the company's contract to build two new Air Force One jets. Boeing's stock fell but eventually recovered after the CEO and Mr. Trump made nice on a phone call. (Boeing also pledged $1 million toward the inauguration festivities.)

The exchange was a cautionary tale for business leaders who are accustomed to a certain way of interacting with political leaders, said Davia B. Temin, president and CEO of a boutique management consultancy focusing on crisis and reputation management.

Temin, who advises several industrial, biotech and financial firms, including Fortune 500 companies, talked with CBS MoneyWatch about the implications of the Trump-Muilenburg exchange. [...read more]

Forging Thought Leadership into a Titanium-Strong Marketing Tool

Dean Rotbart, Monday Morning Radio, March 23, 2015

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Davia Temin tells listeners how to forge thought leadership and reputation management into titanium-strong marketing tools – both for yourself, and for your company or products.

Davia is interviewed by Dean Rotbart, co-host of Business Unconventional, the one-hour radio newsmagazine that aired weekly on News/Talk 710 KNUS AM in Denver. [...read more]

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Davia Temin to Talk of Importance of Identifying, Living One’s Legacy

Deborah Trefts, The Chautauquan Daily, July 25, 2016

At 1 p.m. Monday at the Women's Club, as part of the Chautauqua Professional Women's Network series, Davia Temin will speak about "Living Your Legacy Every Day, and Having Fun Doing It!" This will be her third CPWN talk since 2013.

Temin said this is one of her best talks ever.

"This one is about the essential. Branding is fun, but on the superficial end of it," she said. "This is about essence, legacy and living a cohesive, purposed life day in and day out. There's a reason The Purpose Driven Life is second in sales after the Bible."

The song in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton — "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" — is for her emblematic of what legacy is about. She said everyone has been worried about it, from the ancient Romans to America's founding fathers to its leaders in the 1950s and the present.

"It has nothing to do with money," Temin said. "Rather it is about handcrafting the story you leave behind for the world." [...read more]

Most Companies Approach Crisis Management in ‘All the Wrong Ways’

Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine, June 23, 2015

More than two-thirds of US executives are worried that cyber-threats will impact their company's growth, but it is probable that companies are preparing for the inevitable business and reputational hits of a cyber-attack in all the wrong ways.

"Traditional crisis management techniques may be time-honored, but often they are static, formulaic and constrained—simply not adequate for the dynamic, nuanced, multi-faceted and ubiquitous nature of cybercrimes today," said reputation and crisis strategist Davia Temin, CEO of Temin and Co. "In reality, cyber-crisis management is a combination of crisis management, and emergency and terrorist response, which necessitates internal and external cooperation and communication of an unprecedented nature.

As such, it straddles the line between enterprise risk management, business continuity, emergency response, reputation management and corporate governance, she added—a fact that too few organizations embrace. [...read more]

Crisis of the Week: Kiss-and-Tell Fears After Adult Friend Finder Breach

Ben DiPietro, The Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2015

The crisis this week is the one involving Adult Friend Finder, the hookup dating site that suffered a data breach that exposed its users' sexual secrets. Among the data allegedly stolen were details about the sexual preferences of the site's members, including whether they were married. The U.K. television station that broke the story said it found a database of 3.9 million site members on a hacker forum.

The company that runs the site, FriendFinder Networks Inc., last week issued a statement saying it was investigating the reports, taking steps to protect members' information, had hired a data security firm and was working with law enforcement agencies. It wouldn't confirm the full scope of the breach until its investigation was completed, but said there was no evidence of financial information or passwords being compromised.

Looking at the company's statement and its actions to date, how well has it responded to this crisis? Where is its response falling short? What more can the company do at this point?

Davia Temin, president and CEO, Temin and Co.: "This is crisis management at the shadow fringe of commerce. While pornography, and other businesses involved in sex trade such as Adult Friend Finder, have always been the 'early adopters' of new Internet and social media technologies, they are woefully late to the game of crisis management. For a site that one tech expert calls 'one of the most heavily-trafficked websites in the world,' and that collects some of the most private and potentially embarrassing data in the world, the owners of the site have made every crisis management mistake in the book regarding cyber data breaches." [...read more]

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