Hollywood Initiative Reaching Out To Agricultural Workers Experiencing Sexual Assault, Harassment

Months after the #metoo movement began to shine a light on sexual assault and harassment, over 300 prominent actresses, writers, directors, and other entertainment executives have announced a new campaign designed to help blue-collar women — including those working in agriculture.

According to a report by NPR, a new campaign called Time’s Up will work to distribute a $13 million legal defense fund to help women in farm work and those in blue collar jobs take action if they become victims of sexual assault or harassment in their work environment.

“To every woman employed in agriculture who has had to fend off unwanted sexual advances from her boss, every housekeeper who has tried to escape an assaultive guest, every janitor trapped nightly in a building with a predatory supervisor, every waitress grabbed by a customer and expected to take it with a smile, every garment and factory worker forced to trade sexual acts for more shifts, every domestic worker or home health aide forcibly touched by a client, every immigrant woman silenced by the threat of her undocumented status being reported in retaliation for speaking up and to women in every industry who are subjected to indignities and offense behavior that they are expected to tolerate in order to make a living: We stand with you. We support you,” read an open letter from the Time’s Up initiative, published in the New York Times on Monday.

The initiative will also work to draft legislation to “punish companies that tolerate sexual harassment and to discourage nondisclosure agreements in such cases.”

Many of the top women in Hollywood are backing the Time’s Up initiative.

A commentary published on the Paulick Report in December discussed the challenges facing victims of sexual assault and harassment in the horse racing industry, where retaliation can be swift and complete.

Read more at NPR

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