NMWIF is dedicated to providing resources to survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Below, you will find resources ranging from legal help to telling your story. If you need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to NMWIF via email at email@example.com.
To all members of the NM film community who are also members of IATSE Local 480. There is an International Safety Hotline to hear your stories of harassment, abuse, discrimination, and disrespect. Phone 844-422-9273. Know that you are not alone.
TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund
The National Women’s Law Center is excited to announce the launch of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. The TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which is housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center, connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance. The Fund will help defray legal and public relations costs in select cases based on criteria and availability of funds. Donations to the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund are tax deductible through the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or through the National Women’s Law Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The initiative was spearheaded by actors and others in the entertainment industry, attorneys Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan, and top public relations professionals. Women in Hollywood came together around their own experience of harassment and assault, and were moved by the outpouring of support and solidarity against sexual harassment from women across sectors. This inspired them to help create a Fund to help survivors of sexual harassment and retaliation in all industries—especially low-income women and people of color. They worked together in an historic first to design a structure that would be both inclusive and effective. The Fund will be housed and administered by the National Women’s Law Center and the participating attorneys will be working with the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity. Access to prompt and comprehensive legal and communications help will empower individuals and help fuel long-term systemic change.
This Fund will enable more individuals to come forward and be connected with lawyers — regardless of industry, rank or role. Countless activists, celebrities, and other donors want to see an end to a culture that allows sexual harassment and retaliation of those who courageously step forward to go unpunished. This effort is not just to support women in Hollywood, but others in need – the factory worker, the waitress, the teacher, the office worker, and others subjected to this unacceptable behavior. Now is the time to finally stop the sexual harassment and retaliation that has often gone unchecked.
The SAG-AFTRA website clearly states the union’s policy on sexual and other types of harassment and discrimination.
Here are the three things you should always keep in mind when you are auditioning or meeting with your agent or anyone else connected to a production. This applies before or after you are hired, no matter what capacity you're working in:
- If you see something wrong, tell your union.
- Use your discretion and if you can say something on the spot, do so, or report it ASAP to the union. You can always report things anonymously.
- It’s not what you are, it's what you can play.
- Whether on a breakdown, in an audition, or on the job, the criteria should always be what your professional qualifications are and not what your gender or personal identification might be.
- Always keep records.
- Keep detailed records of contract problems, including discrimination, harassment or anything that seems to be a problem. Record names, dates, locations, your earnings (paystubs and vouchers) — everything.
The professional staff at SAG-AFTRA’s EEO & Diversity Department are the best-qualified people to help you find the information and resources you need and to guide you through the process of reporting a complaint, stopping the discrimination or harassment, and finding further help.
You can contact the EEO & Diversity Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (323) 549-6644 or (212) 827-1542.
The 24/7 Emergency Hotline number is (844) SAFER-SET, (844) 723-3773.