94% Of Women In Hollywood Have Dealt With Sexual Assault According To Survey
As the world still continues to pick up the pieces from the "Weinstein Epidemic", many still try to find new ways to ensure that sexual harassment and assault won't happen in the workplace again.
Various women have spoken up since September 2017 about the assault they endured from either Harvey Weinstein or other powerful men, and though the number of victims is alarmingly high, it's nowhere near the total amount of women who have survived some form of sexual abuse.
The Shocking Number Of Victims
A recent study was conducted by USA Today, The Creative Coalition, and Women in Film and Television and revealed at least 94% of women in Hollywood have suffered from some form of sexual harassment or assault. The survey asked 843 women who had various positions in Hollywood about their experience with sexual misconduct in the workplace.
About 87 percent of the 843 participants experienced "unwelcome sexual jokes, comments, or gestures". About 64% of the women claim they have been propositioned for a sexual relationship and 69% state that they have been touched in a sexual manner.
"It happens so frequently that it's just the functioning normal. For me, this includes everything from misogynistic or sexual comments made over a headset while working, to blatant grabbing to comments about my body. I've spent the last 20 years accepting it as the price of doing business in a 'man's job'," an anonymous female camera operator stated.
Another woman, who was in her 60's and a producer in Hollywood, claimed that a producer took her to dinner with simply to receive oral sex from her.
Finally, 21% of the participants said that they were forced to perform a sexual act. Only one in four women have reported their assaults.
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Heather Graham, Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Paz De La Huerta, Daryl Hannah, Salma Hayek, and Lena Headley have all accused Weinstein of harassment, rape, and assault.
Other powerful men who have been accused of similar crimes were Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Brett Ratner, Danny Masterson, Dustin Hoffman, and journalist, Matt Lauer.
After the allegations made headlines, the movements Time's Up and #MeToo were created to combat these attacks and provide better opportunities for women.