A new survey involving hundreds of women in Hollywood has revealed that 94 percent of them have experienced some form of sexual harassment or assault during their careers. 843 women working in the entertainment industry took part in the survey.
News outlet USA Today in collaboration with the Creative Coalition in Film and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center found that most repeated incident in the Hollywood industry are unwanted sexual comments, jokes or gestures directed to a woman or about women. In the survey, 87 percent of respondents said that they have been exposed to such comments.
75 percent of respondents said that they were subjected to unwelcome sexual comments, whereas 69 percent of women said they have “been touched in a sexual way”. More so, 65 percent of women said that they advanced in rank due to sexual relationships with their superiors while 64 percent of them had been propositioned for sexual activity in the workplace.
Men also exposed their female co-workers to unwanted sexual pictures this percentage being 39 percent. 29 percent of women said that someone exposed themselves to them, whereas 21 percent claim to have been forced to perform a sexual act. 10 percent of women said that they were ordered to appear naked in auditions without prior warning.
USA Today acknowledged that the group of women surveyed was too small for a conclusive picture of this cultural epidemic.
“As a self-selected sample of respondents, it is not scientifically representative of the entire industry, let alone the broader national population of women working in all industries,”
The women who participated in the study were members of Women in Film and the Creative Coalition.
According to the study, 1 in 4 women reported being sexually harassed or assaulted. 28 percent out of those which did report the alleged misconduct saw they work situation get better after disclosure. In 32 percent of cases, the alleged harasser was given a warning by higher-ups while zero percent of cases led to prosecution. Out of all the women surveyed, only 24 percent of women said they had quit their jobs because of harassment.
The alleged male perpetrators were found to be older than their victims and “for the most part more powerful”. 29 percent of the perpetrators had leading positions in the industry, this including directors, agents, and producers, 24 percent were co-workers or peers, and 20 percent were seniors managers.
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