Sexual Harassment in the Arts:  Having your say and getting help.
Posted by StarNow on 08 Nov, 2017

Sexual Harassment in the Arts: Having your say and getting help.


Trigger warning: this article contains information about sexual assault which may be triggering to survivors.


2017 has emerged as an extraordinary, painful year for the arts.

We felt it was important to acknowledge the emerging stories from Hollywood and beyond, of widespread sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry.

Over half a million people have shared their experiences online with #metoo social media posts, and stories continue to emerge each day.

This behaviour is completely unacceptable and our hearts go out to anyone who has been affected by this. Every person deserves to feel safe, and to know that they will be protected from this kind of abuse.

The industry needs to make some changes, and we wanted to share some ways you can help.

Industry leaders around the world are gathering information from people in the arts, and talking with each other, with a view to making things better in the future.

Here is some information we’ve gathered that you may find helpful:


HAVE YOUR SAYArts Professionals UK Survey. This Pulse survey from ArtsProfessional attempts to uncover the extent of sexual harassment in the arts, and to find out whether those working in the sector feel enough is being done to tackle the issue.

MEAA Australia. Anonymous survey for performers in Australia regarding witnessing or experiencing abuse in the theatre.

Women in Film and TV UK. WFTV will be working with BFI and other leading industry bodies to make changes and would like to hear ideas from performers (in confidence).

Equity UK have stated they will establish a working group to gather testimonials and will work with campaign groups such as Equal Representation for Actresses and Women@RADA to identify initiatives combatting harassment.

Royal Court Theatre have published a code of behaviour that covers their thoughts on responsibility, reporting, raising awareness, breadth and scope, and patterns and scenarios they have identified through their 'Day of Action' during October 2017.

Model Alliance USA are working on a 'Model Harassment Protection Act'.


GET HELPUK: Sexual Harassment Helplines – for reporting, and victim support.

Australia: Rape and Domestic Violence Services.

Australia: Lifeline.

USA: Lifeline.

NZ: Lifeline.


STAY SAFEPlease read our online and audition safety tips.

  • Remember, if you are unsure about attending an audition, take a friend with you.
  • If something happens during an audition or on set that makes you uncomfortable, speak up.
  • If you feel unsafe, leave.

If you see something on StarNow that causes you concern, use our report button and we’ll look into it right away.

Let’s all work together to make our industry safe.

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