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Time’s Up brings #MeToo legal defense to the masses, but how far can $22 million really go?




Costume Designers Guild Awards President Salvador Perez, lapel and fashion detail, attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
Costume Designers Guild Awards President Salvador Perez, lapel and fashion detail, attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Wildfires. Hurricanes. Mass shootings. GoFundMe has a multitude of fundraisers, but the one seeing the most success?

Time’s Up.

The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was launched last year in December 2017. Since then, it has set a historical record for money raised by a single, GoFundMe fundraiser -- over $22 million.

It’s run by the National Women’s Law Center, and was started by a number of successful women in the entertainment industry, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley. It serves as a resource for sexual assault victims looking to be connected with legal assistance and potential money to help mitigate lawyers’ fees.

Time’s Up has also inspired a plethora of other sexual assault GoFundMe accounts. These fundraisers are created by individuals looking for donations for anything from legal fees to therapy costs.

We discuss details regarding how the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund works, as well as whether smaller, personal GoFundMe’s are seeing as much success.

Guests:

Sharyn Tejani, director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund at the National Women’s Law Center

Jessica Testa, national reporter for BuzzFeed News; she recently wrote about how much the Time’s Up movement has raised via GoFundMe