For today's post, we aren't even going to use a source article because it doesn't need one. All we need to say is two words: Harvey Weinstein. You need not do anything else other than type those two words into Google and you will know all of the horror stories that have plagued women in the acting industry for decades. The news coverage is inescapable, and for good reason. This was an "open secret" -- a phrase that is terrifyingly common in these stories -- and finally Weinstein is receiving backlash for his disgusting behavior.
The Weinstein saga has also emboldened other actors and actresses to come out and discuss moments of sexual harassment, quid pro quo, and other illegal and disturbing behaviors that were thrust upon them simply because they worked in an industry that tolerated it. Sexual harassment, under Weinstein, seemed to be the only way to get acting roles -- and if you didn't threatened to speak out or wouldn't comply, you risked being completely shunned by Hollywood.
Harvey Weinstein's behavior is indicative of a culture not just in Hollywood, but across the country, that fails to dissuade people in power of abusing that power in the name of sexual prowess. Many people who are in these positions use their clout to sexually harass their cohorts and fellow employees. It is despicable. Hearing actresses that knew about Weinstein's tactics for years but were afraid to speak up because of a compliant Hollywood atmosphere is the chief reason why so many sexual harassment and sexual assault victims are afraid to step forward: they seemingly have everything to lose.
We are here to tell these victims that with an attorney by your side, there are effective steps you can take to protect what you have while also holding these harassing and abusive people accountable.