Hol­ly­wood launches anti-sex­ual ha­rass­ment hot­line

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — About a month ago, the tele­vi­sion writer Tess Raf­ferty was brows­ing her Face­book feed when she no­ticed the “On This Day” fea­ture pulling up some eerily timely mem­o­ries.

“I saw all these sto­ries that women were shar­ing a year ago about sex­ual ha­rass­ment be­cause of the re­lease of the Trump [Ac­cess Hol­ly­wood] tape, and they were very sim­i­lar to the sto­ries women were now shar­ing be­cause of Har­vey We­in­stein,” Raf­ferty, who worked for years on the E! hit The Soup, said in an in­ter­view. “I thought ‘are we go­ing to be here in an­other year with the same sto­ries?’ ”

The in­ci­dent led Raf­ferty to or­ga­nize an anti-sex­ual ha­rass­ment march that set off from a main Hol­ly­wood in­ter­sec­tion on Sun­day, un­der­scor­ing the entertainment in­dus­try’s role in the move­ment to stop work­place mis­con­duct.

Hol­ly­wood efforts to pre­vent fu­ture in­stances of ha­rass­ment are now be­gin­ning to take shape. The Os­car-win­ning pro­ducer Cathy Schul­man, pres­i­dent of Women In Film, an in­dus­try trade group, is launch­ing a sex­ual ha­rass­ment help line as well as le­gal-aid ser­vice for those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing such be­hav­ior in the in­dus­try. She said the new ser­vices will be avail­able by Dec 1.

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