The EmPower Luncheon honors the courageous voices of survivors, those who advocate for survivors, and those who speak out to effect change. The Women's Center is very excited to host Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault and abuse for the New York Times. Their book, “She Said, Breaking the Sexual Harrassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,” revisits their landmark investigative reporting into sexual assault and the “complicity machine” that often surrounds it. Painstakingly researched, their account is less about Weinstein himself and more about the structures that enabled him to thrive while so many people in his world were very aware of what he was doing – perpetuating blatant rape culture, victim shaming and blaming. Kantor and Twohey looked for answers to the question, “What does it take for victims of sexual assault and harassment to be believed?” This year’s speakers embody The Women’s Center’s message that anyone can be empowered by truth and our belief that every single one of us has a role to play in eliminating the rape culture that revictimizes survivors. We all have the ability to help turn the tide from victim blaming and shaming to one that creates safe spaces and systems to believe and support survivors of sexual assault and abuse. Each year, thousands of people find safety, shelter, and support through our doors. We are the only agency of our kind in Waukesha County and we are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. By supporting this event, you are adding your voice to a movement that seeks to build a more peaceful community and showing your commitment to stand with survivors. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit adult and child survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking through The Women’s Center’s trauma informed, comprehensive programs which are always offered at no cost.