Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Hollywood Women on Offensive Against Sexual Abusers

Hollywood Women on Offensive Against Sexual Abusers

It's a response to an open letter published in November by Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, a female farmworkers advocacy group representing around 700,000 women, that expressed solidarity with women in the entertainment industry.

The "Time's Up" campaign follows on the heels of a torrent of allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment against powerful men that began with reports into sexual abuse by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In December, Time magazine named "the Silence Breakers" - women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment - as its "Person of the Year" for 2017.

"Like you, there are few positions available to us and reporting any kind of harm or injustice committed against us doesn't seem like a viable option".

Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.

One of Time's Up major aspects is a legal defense fund for which the organization is now soliciting donations via a GoFundMe.

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And it called on women to wear black at this Sunday's Golden Globes as a statement against gender and racial inequality and to raise awareness about the group's efforts.

Speaking to the New York Times, Shona Rhimes said "It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house".

More than 300 top women in Hollywood - from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Thompson and Cate Blanchett - unveiled an initiative on Monday to tackle pervasive sexual harassment in workplaces, calling special attention to their "sisters" in less-than-glamorous blue-collar jobs. "If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege, then who can?".

"We just reached this conclusion in our heads that, damn it, everything is possible", Rhimes told the Times.

The letter kicked off an initiative titled, "Times Up", which features a coalition out "to help survivors of sexual assault and harassment across all industries challenge those responsible for the harm against them and give voice to their experiences".

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