The New York Times and The New Yorker’s bombshell exposés on the sexual predations of Harvey Weinstein broke open the secrecy of sexual harassment and assault that has consumed our community for decades. Our collective voice shined a spotlight on the systemic abuse of power within the entertainment industry. With each new voice rising, so did our hope that we were on the brink of concrete change within our community.
As past and present incidents of sexual misconduct allegations within the entertainment industry continue to make the news, only 1 of 154 people accused in positions of power in the arts, entertainment and media industries has been indicted for his crimes. (Vox.com)
As we have witnessed through the explosion of the #MeToo movement, victims are armed with the knowledge that they are not alone in their abuse, are more empowered to come forward: the implementation of an independent, survivor-led matching system is of vital importance to ensure safety within our community.
Voices in Action provides an industry-wide online reporting and matching system for incidents of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination while also offering referrals to trusted legal and emotional support services. Victims will be alerted if their alleged assailant has been reported by another victim and given the option to safely connect with fellow victims through our team of attorneys under privilege and confidentiality. We are survivor-founded and led, and our only responsibility is to the victims.
The eradication of sexual harassment and assault requires a holistic approach. Voices in Action’s goals include:
Partnering with the industry, as a whole, to develop and promote best practices and quality training in sexual safety for film and television companies and productions through the establishment of a Voices In Action verification and stamp of approval for projects small and large.
Partnering with industry guilds to develop meaningful mentoring programs for young artists, both union and non-union, that include educational seminars about sexual safety.
Working together to bring more men into the conversation by opening honest, legitimate dialogue in order to move forward towards safety, equity and inclusion.
To maintain highest levels of security and maintenance this system requires and to offer the ability for victims to safely connect – we need YOUR help. We have built the system and established an elite team of attorneys, activists, cyber security and technology specialists. In order to offer this unprecedented matching and support system to our community we need funding.
Every donation, no matter how big or how small, brings us a step closer to creating safety and equity within our industry.
This safer and more equitable community is the community that we are determined to create and serve. To those of you who have taken steps in this direction already, thank you.
To those who have not yet done so, please join us now.