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Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood
Transcript of Sexual Misconduct in Hollywood
Why Women Are Silent
How Victims Are Talked About
What is Sexual Misconduct?
"Sexual Misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, and any conduct of a sexual nature that is without consent, or has the effect of threatening or intimidating the person against whom such conduct is directed" (USLegal)
US Legal, Inc. “USLegal.” Sexual Misconduct Law and Legal Definitions, www. definitions.uslegal.com/s/sexual-misconduct/. Accessed Mar. 31 2018.
“Bill Cosby: The Fall of America's Dad.” The Psychological Hook, 12 Dec. 2014, www.thepsychologicalhook.com/bill-cosby/. Accessed Apr. 08 2018.
Rogers, Katie. “Kesha vs. Dr. Luke: Inside Pop Music's Contentious Legal Battle.” The New York Times, Feb. 23 2016,
Beta. “Sexual Assault in Today's Society.” Boston Evening Therapy Associates, Oct. 31 2017, www.bostoneveningtherapy.com/2016/12/sexual-assault-in-todays-society/. Accessed Mar. 30 2018.
Holloway, Daniel. “'One Tree Hill' Cast, Crew Detail Assault, Harassment Claims Against Mark Schwahn (EXCLUSIVE).” Variety, Nov. 18 2017,
Farrow, Ronan. “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories.” The New Yorker, Dec. 23 2017,
Bowley, Graham. “Will the #MeToo Moment Shape the Cosby Case?” The New York Times, Jan. 19 2018,
What I learned And What I Would Do
The prevalence of sexual misconduct in Hollywood calls for a policy implementation in which entertainment companies equalize the relationship of power between genders and specifically state repercussions for sexual misconduct.
Unwelcome sexual comments, being forced to perform sexual acts, or being ordered to unexpectedly appear naked for an audition
Celebrities avoid charges because of their power, money, social status, and legal technicalities. This lack of blame "sends the message the sexual assault is okay" and leads to women feeling unsafe and undervalued
Celebrities avoid charges because of their power, money, social status, and legal technicalities. This lack of blame "sends the message that sexual assault is okay" (BETA) and leads to women feeling unsafe and undervalued.
Difficulties involved in winning a sexual misconduct case
lack of evidence
Issue of credibility/memory
Presumption of innocence
“In the course of a ten-month investigation, thirteen women interviewed said that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them” (Farrow)
"A former writer on the show, Michelle Furtney-Goodman, recalled to Variety an incident in which Schwahn, in front of the show’s writing staff, forced her head down between her knees, balanced a soda can on her, and joked about her performing oral sex." (Holloway)
"Dr. Luke had subjected her to years of abuse, including rape, and unfair business arrangements." (Rogers)
"More than 50 women have accused Mr. Cosby, once among America’s most beloved entertainers, of drugging and sexually assaulting them" (Bowley)
"He drags your name through the mud, and he’ll come after you hard with his legal team.” (Farrow)
"The shame in what happened was also designed to keep me quiet" (Farrow)
The power of a name/image
*The legal details, procedures, technicalities, and ramifications of sexual misconduct