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Hollywood women fight sexual abuse

03 January 2018, 01:11 | Clyde Nash

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Shonda Rhimes

Over 300 women who work in film, television, and theater have launched a $13 million legal defense fund dedicated to combating sexual harassment and assault in low-wage workplaces.

The initiative, which is called "Time's Op" was announced on Monday in a full-page advert in the "New York 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".

In October, the New York Times published a shocking expose about Weinstein and his three decades of predatory behavior in Hollywood.

Drafting of legislation to punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.

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The letter acknowledges the privilege of Hollywood women, who have seen their own industry reckon with harassment in recent months, and expresses solidarity with workers who lack the resources to hold perpetrators accountable.

It has already overseen the creation of a commission, announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations.

A push to reach gender parity in Hollywood studios and talent agencies; and a call for women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black as a sign of protest and solidarity.

Producer Shonda Rhimes is also a prominent member, alongside showrunner Jill Soloway; Donna Langley, the chairwoman of Universal Pictures; lawyer Nina L. Shaw; and Maria Eitel, an expert in corporate responsibility who is co-chairwoman of the Nike Foundation. Signatories include actresses America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington, and Reese Witherspoon, as well as showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway.

The group insisted that more women must be brought into positions of power and leadership, while every woman should have equal benefits, opportunities, pay and representation.



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