I publicly accused Dustin Hoffman of harassment. Take it from me, it's not easy to expose sexual

[Editor's note: with the recent firestorm of #metoo and now, #timesup, we feel honored to reprint this op-ed article by one of our Los Angeles friends, originally published in the L.A. Times on December 14, 2017. Thank you, Anna Graham Hunter, for your brave voice!]

A friend called me recently, anxious. Like many men, he was scared he might get caught in the net of sexual harassment accusations. "Anyone with a grudge could make up a story about me and get me fired," he said. "Is that OK with you, if innocent men lose their jobs and careers?"

I took a breath, hoping to offer a measured response. Instead, I snapped: "If you had any idea how hard it is to get these stories published, you wouldn't be worried about your career."

Since early November, when I published a personal essay alleging that Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed me, I'd been trying to organize a reported follow-up article that would bring together multiple accusers.

The same day my friend called, one potential source got cold feet. She thought others would blame her for what happened, even if she spoke off the record. The night before, as I was sitting down to dinner, another source I'd been trying to reach for days finally responded. I spent the next hour on the phone with her, my stomach growling as the burger in front of me grew cold.

Judging from an avalanche of think pieces, my friend's concerns are common — many believe the pendulum is swinging too far in the accusers' direction, or that the #MeToo movement is becoming a witch hunt. But the process of bringing sexual harassment stories to light is still a tedious mess.