Advocates for sex crime victims see #MeToo movement as factor in firing of Mets GM

Long Islanders are weighing in on the firing of Mets general manager Jared Porter with advocates for sex crime victims pointing to the #MeToo movement as a factor.

News 12 Staff

Jan 20, 2021, 12:46 AM

Updated 1,281 days ago

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Long Islanders are weighing in on the firing of Mets general manager Jared Porter, with advocates for sex crime victims pointing to the #MeToo movement as a factor.
Porter was fired after sending graphic, uninvited text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 when he was working for the Chicago Cubs in their front office.
Mets owner Steve Cohen said Porter was fired Tuesday morning.
The accusations against Porter were reported by ESPN on Monday night.
Some Long Island residents say Cohen did the right thing, especially with young kids looking to people in sports as role models.
According to advocates for victims of sex crimes, the firing of Porter is a direct result of the #MeToo movement.
"What we have seen now is organizations and employers are really stepping up, and the Mets are a great example of stepping up and doing the right thing," says Laura Ahearn, of the Crime Victims Center.
The woman, who was a foreign correspondent at the time, is quoted in the ESPN story as saying she came forward to prevent this from happening to someone else.
Advocates say the Mets' swift action seems to indicate the sports world is taking sexual harassment seriously.
"This case should send a loud message to individuals out there if you sexually harass a woman or a man that is going to result in serious consequences in a case like this where you lose your dream job," says Ahearn.
The former journalist returned to her home country and says she doesn't plan to file a lawsuit.


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