PHOENIX - Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson have both opened up recently about their claims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
They shared intimate details that they had kept as shameful secrets for years.
So how bad is it?
In a 12 News exclusive Friday night, a panel of Phoenix-area women shared their experiences with us.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a very real problem. Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly have shed light on the issue.
12 News spoke with three Valley women who shared their own experiences.
After hearing Carlson open up about the alleged sexual harassment she has experienced, these women said, sadly, they can relate.
“It's something I have personally experienced," said Olivia Richard. "So to hear somebody coming out about it and trying to hold people accountable and trying to share their story, I think is really empowering."
"I wish I could say that I found it surprising that it happened. I don't," said Carole Rosenblat. “I think [Kelly] is incredibly brave."
“It really did hit home for me,” said Kasey Andrew. “It's been something I've personally been through … it's a very taboo topic."
Each one described the emotional toll it took on them.
“It came to the point where I was so upset at work that I had to leave," said Andrew. "Once the situation was taken care of, it was so much easier to go to work and I really did start to enjoy it again."
"I was pushed down on a bed by a senior officer who climbed on top of me and I pushed him off and I didn't file a harassment charge, I only filed a discrimination charge,” said Rosenblat. “Because, I said at the time, any woman who has worked on cruise ships has been harassed."
“Finally when the hashtag #NotOkay came out and really sort of broke the internet,” she said. “I admitted what had gone on and I cried a little, because I didn't realize that it mattered so much … and that I had been purposely keeping silent about it."
"I thought, like ‘OK, this was a weird comment,’” said Richard. “’Why would you say this?’ And then it kept happening and I felt so uncomfortable but I didn't say anything to anybody because I was worried that if I reported it to my boss, they would report it to this person and so I kind of just let it happen.”
That mindset has changed for Richard as more stories of sexual assault are told.
"Now if it happened again, I definitely would because I realize that it's something that happens frequently and it's something that's not OK and I have rights," said Richard.
Going forward, all of these women hope other women and men will learn from these cases.
“You deserve to speak out about it and you deserve to work in a place where you feel safe," said Richard.
" I don't want women to be so afraid to cross it, that we're just speaking business, don't speak about anything else,” said Rosenblat. “But there's a balance and words have meaning and so, just, you know, say what you mean, so it's not up for a different interpretation.”
"If you would think it about a girlfriend or a boyfriend or someone you're interested in pursuing a relationship with, don't say it to a colleague," said Richard.
"I think this will kind of open people's eyes to the way that they are being treated and even make them realize that isn't how we're supposed to be treated,” said Andrew. “We're all supposed to be treated with respect."
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment or other sex crime, there are resources out there to help. Here is a list of resources from the Department of Public Safety: