The numbers can’t be ignored. Ninety-four percent of women in the entertainment industry have experienced sexual assault at work (USA Today). And we know this issue also includes a large percentage of men. It’s the dark underbelly of our industry that has festered far too long.

Those of us who came forward were called The Silence Breakers. Despite the headlines and hashtags the coverage garnered, we quickly discovered what all victims of sexual abuse learn when they decide to speak up: instead of receiving support, survivors are overwhelmingly faced with defending their story and left to answer the question of why they stayed silent for so long.

After speaking about these issues with survivors and advocates of the #MeToo movement, including Anita Hill, Tarana Burke, David Oyelowo, and Mira Sorvino, at the recent Power Women’s Summit, it is clear just how little has changed for survivors of sexual abuse in our industry.

That’s why we are launching a social media campaign, #WhyIStayedSilent. This campaign will focus on answering the questions survivors face, education and prevention, and building awareness for the services Voices and Action provides within our community. It’s time to turn awareness into action.

There is strength in numbers and we need your voice. Stand with us. 

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It's not about convincing those who are already in power; it's about changing the very face of power itself. (1)