Equity releases report on the sexual harassment crisis
1 March 2018
Today, Thursday 1 March, Equity has published its report into sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and launched the Safe Space campaign.
Agenda for Change: Equity’s report on sexual harassment
Equity is demanding a safe working environment where members will not have to endure or observe sexual harassment and where perpetrators understand there is nowhere to hide. The report sets out what we require from educators and the industry: the engagers, venues, agents, boards and casting directors.
Safe Space campaign
The Safe Space campaign will encourage members to have the confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviour and to report it knowing that the union is always there for them. The first part of the campaign will be distributing the Safe Space poster that will promote the union’s harassment helpline: 020 7670 0268. Equity expects this poster to be a visible presence in green rooms, casting suites, rehearsal spaces etc throughout the UK.
The union is also a developing a step-by-step guide that will offer clarity on unacceptable behaviour and good practice as well as advice on what members should do if they are the victim or observer of sexual harassment or assault.
Maureen Beattie, actor and Equity’s vice president, who led the union’s working group on sexual harassment said: “This report represents an opportunity - an opportunity which may not come our way again for many years - to harness the energy released by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and rethink the way we deal with sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. I’ve suffered sexual harassment in my career, both as a victim and as a bystander, and it is my fervent hope that the work that follows this report will lead to a future where no-one has to suffer harassment of any kind, ever again. If we are to create a workplace truly without fear it is imperative the industry accepts the recommendations in this report.”