I'm proud of my daughter. Like many other brave women over the last few months, Kyle Godfrey-Ryan has decided to tell her story. Now she is transforming the narrative into a conversation about how we move forward and allow the healing to begin. Here is her op-ed that's receiving national attention.
(Reprinted from CNN.com)
I Worked for Charlie Rose. Calling Him the Villain Isn't The Answer.
Kyle Godfrey-Ryan is the founder of Tune.Studio, a medical-grade sound healing company that uses healthy sound frequencies to promote wellness. She lives in New York with her two children. Godfrey-Ryan was a former assistant to Charlie Rose. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
We have entered an age in which women can safely discuss sexual misconduct in the workplace without fear of retaliation and retribution.
As such, in recent weeks, we have seen women from a multitude of industries -- media, politics and entertainment -- come forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment. I am one of those women. I allowed The Washington Post to use my name and story after learning about the other women who have accused Charlie Rose of "unwanted sexual advances." I felt that if I withheld my identity, I would be delegitimizing the experiences of these other women -- a form of being complicit in their suffering.
As a small player in this recent uprising and as a product of generations of fierce women, I recognize the potential brevity of this moment and don't want us to squander it with only rage and pain. I have heard a simplified and repeated story line these last few weeks -- men are vile and women are victims. And I do not want to re-enforce a story line that pits men against women.
While healing will require time, unified awareness around the issue and a great deal of humility, we must use this moment to improve the future. In other words, we must transform this reckoning into a reconciliation.