Taking care of ourselves and one another in a difficult time

Dear colleague,

Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, King County Executive Office

Over the last several weeks in the national media, we have seen courageous women coming forward and reporting their experiences of sexual assault. Many of us have been impacted by these reports and the media that surrounds them.

I know that there are many different reactions to this news. I also want to acknowledge there are many cases of sexual assault and harassment that don’t get national attention, and many that don’t get reported out of fear and marginalization. This is especially true for members of the transgender community, Native women, and women of color.

If you feel like you want to talk to someone, our Making Life Easier service is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-874-7290 (for King County employees and their families). If you are a sexual assault survivor, you can also contact the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. The King County Sexual Assault Resource Center is also a good resource, and they have shared this article that may be helpful.

It is a fractious and difficult time for our nation and many of our communities. It is time for us to come together and ensure we are building a welcoming, safe and tolerant community in King County, and a workplace culture that is free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

I continue to feel inspired by you, our employees, and your impassioned service and empathy for others. We are steadfast in our Equity and Social Justice and Investing In YOU commitments here at King County. I look forward to working with you as we continue our progress together.

Thank you for everything that you do.

Sincerely,

 

 

Whitney Abrams,
Chief People Officer

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