I’ve been preoccupied with the idea of justice.
George denies he threw me on a table in front of a group of people and dry humped me. I know he’s lying. I have witnesses.
The DGA says it has a no tolerance policy for sexual harassment, yet there isn’t any info on how to file a complaint against a member. Most film and television production is done through a subsidiary company or LLC so a parent company can legally cover its ass. Employees of film and television production are work-for-hire. There really is no place safe to go if something terrible happens.
This is what needs to happen.
The Producers Guild of America needs to create a database. It will keep sexual harassment information about cast and crew members. It will include everything from unwelcome jokes, hostile abusive work environment, unwanted sexual advances, verbal sexual harassment, physical sexual harassment and so on.
It will name the person responsible for the harassment. It will allow the person who filed the complaint to remain publicly anonymous.
It will show if the perpetrator apologized.
It will give the victim a chance to speak in a safe place.
It will provide an opportunity for the harasser to learn from their behavior, correct it, and stop it. I imagine the offender going to classes to learn what is appropriate and not.
Instead of a silent network of sexual harassers and pedophiles having power, the victims of their unwanted behavior will.
People can use the database to look names up, and make choices based on their behavior, and if that person is wanted on set.
Personally, I believe there are plenty of talented and good people out there. Sure they may get testy on set, joke around, and flirt to get through the day, but they also know the line between appropriate and not. Between welcome and unwelcome. Hire those talented people. Not the other ones.
Who’s with me?