Harassment in Hollywood: Guilds and Industry Organizations Launch Hotlines
From SAG-AFTRA to Women in Film, here are the numbers — and websites — to know.
Created for members to report violations including sexual misconduct, this hotline has a live person, 24/7, who will immediately notify appropriate authorities while maintaining anonymity and confidentiality. You will be connected to the LAPD, N.Y. Special Victims Unit, the L.A. district attorney's Task Force on Sexual Assault or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, among other resources.
Women in Film
On Dec. 1, this nonprofit launched the Sexual Harassment Help Line with seed money provided by WME. Anyone, male or female, can call Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST; after-hours calls will be returned during business hours. Callers will be referred to mental health counselors, law enforcement, and civil and criminal lawyers.
IATSE Safety Hotline
844 IA AWARE / 844-422-9273
The International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, which represents over 130,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, launched a hotline for members to anonymously report hazards, including harassment, on the job in June of 2015. When a member calls the toll-free hotline, the caller can either leave a message for or talk directly to a safety representative who will begin handling the issue. Depending on the circumstances, the safety representative will contact the local union’s representative and assist with the issue, or call the employer directly.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN, founded by musician Tori Amos in 1994, is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S. With experts in victim services and public policy, the group takes a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to providing services, including legal.
This nonprofit has developed technology to combat sexual assault and harassment specifically for college campuses. The online systems are designed to detect repeat perpetrators and to empower victims to make the right decision for themselves regarding reporting or not. On average, survivors using Callisto report almost three times faster than the national average (four months versus 11 months). Fifteen percent of sexual assault survivors who opted into being included in the database had been assaulted by another perpetrator already in the system. The organization helps survivors preserve evidence on their own terms; no one can see the details of a time-stamped record without explicit consent of the survivor: They are encrypted in a way that not even the Callisto team can view.
Founded by former 20th Century Fox tech exec Claire Schmidt, this website launching in early 2018 will let any employee from any company anonymously report harassment or bias directly to their employer's CEO and board. The startup also will provide information for other service providers, such as legal counsel.
The organization gives male survivors (one in six men have been sexually abused) the opportunity to connect and heal through free and anonymous online support sessions, which “meet” every Monday and Wednesday. They also offer trauma-informed trainings and webinars for service providers and organizations around the world. For those who need one-on-one support, a helpline offers a trained crisis-line volunteer who will work to help identify and connect with local resources. 1in6 was founded in 2007 in response to a lack of resources addressing the impact of negative childhood sexual experiences on the lives of adult men. In 2016, they expanded the mission to include men who experienced sexual assault as adults.
A Call to Men
A Call to Men is an organization dedicated to preventing violence against women and girls and is a leader on issues of male socialization and its intersection with violence. Actor Christopher Meloni and baseball executive Joe Torre are both supporters of the group that has over 20 years of experience working with and training men in organizations including the major sports leagues, the United States military and the United Nations.
Natalie Jarvey contributed to this report.
A version of this story first appeared in the 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.