SAG-AFTRA has launched a brand new digital platform that can enable members and third-party witnesses to report incidents of sexual harassment within the office, which may even enable the union to trace repeat offenders. During a press convention right now, the union additionally unveiled new requirements for the coaching, registration and persevering with training of intimacy coordinators who oversee intercourse scenes in movies and TV exhibits. The union stated that these two initiatives are the newest in its efforts to “change industry culture and eliminate harassment.”
With the launch of SAG-AFTRA Safe Place, members and witnesses can file confidential stories of sexual harassment that will probably be dealt with by the union’s Equity & Inclusion workforce, who’re skilled in trauma consciousness and can work with the person to find out one of the best plan of action and supply further sources. Those who file stories can achieve this anonymously if they like. The union stated that a lot of those that took half within the testing of the platform have been themselves survivors of sexual harassment.
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You can see the platform here.
Building on its Standards and Protocols for the Use of Intimacy Coordinators, which the union initially launched in January 2020, the brand new requirements for the coaching and qualification of intimacy coordinators is designed to soundly increase the their numbers by offering employers with the power to determine certified and skilled candidates.
In addition to reviewing and vetting candidates for jobs as intimacy coordinators, the union’s accreditation system may even set up a normal to assist potential registrants determine high-quality coaching packages. The program additionally features a dedication to making sure fairness and inclusion for all candidates, the union stated. SAG-AFTRA may even sponsor an intimacy coordinator convention yearly for registry and pre-registry of individuals to satisfy a unbroken training requirement.
Submissions for the accreditation of coaching packages will start May 1 and final by way of July 31. Submissions for candidates to the registry and pre-registry lists will start August 1 and run by way of October 31.
“Protecting the well-being, security and dignity of our members is the reason that SAG-AFTRA exists,” stated SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “Last year, SAG-AFTRA took a huge step toward normalizing and encouraging the use of intimacy coordinators in productions large and small. These professionals have proven to be effective in changing the culture while safeguarding the safety and security of our members as they work.”
The new requirements for intimacy coordinators, Carteris stated, will deliver “meaningful change in the entertainment and media industries” by creating “a pipeline of experienced professional in this growing field. Intimacy coordinators provide an important safety net for performers working in hyper-exposed scenes.”
Speaking from individual expertise, she stated that she is aware of first-hand how invaluable this function is. “Our industry has changed exponentially in the last 5-7 years. Scenes of intimacy are everywhere and more explicit than ever. Thirty-six years ago, when I started in this business, there were no such things as intimacy coordinators. I experienced directors asking me to take my shirt off in auditions to see my breast size; to having men touch me in ways that were unacceptable and not necessary to the production. As professionals, we often feel that we are out there alone, because no one wants to stand out as a complainer and be seen as someone who is rocking the boat.”
Thirty years in the past, in her breakout function on 90210, she stated that “We had to fend for ourselves without any real guidance or support.” But throughout final 12 months’s reboot of the present, she stated, “the director asked us if we would like an intimacy coordinator for the intimate scenes we were shooting. And that was amazing because it was freeing just to know that there was an option of support available; that we could talk about boundaries and expectations. And having an intimacy coordinator allows an individual to feel safe, and therefore more creative. And it makes the production even stronger.”
“But we are challenged with the fact that there are not enough intimacy coordinators, so we have made a commitment, as an institution, that we will help to expand and standardize a role that is growing. The accreditation and registry is the latest milestone in our years’ long collaboration with leaders and professionals in the intimacy coordinator community.”
David White, SAG-AFTRA’s nationwide govt director, stated that “This is the latest development in our ongoing effort to eliminate sexual harassment in the entertainment industry through innovative technology improvements, strategic partnerships, raising awareness of these issues, and expanding contract and legislative protections. This effort reflects a long collaboration with the leaders and working professionals in the intimacy coordinator community. We could not be more pleased to add this contribution to the work being done by colleagues and allies across the industry to address this issue.”
“As the use of intimacy coordinators continues to rapidly grow, we believe that establishing these standards will help to safely expand the profession and provide support and security to actors as they practice their craft,” stated Amanda Blumenthal, founding father of Intimacy Professionals Association.
“The steps we are taking today are to amplify and unite the working professionals in the field of intimacy coordination,” stated Alicia Rodis, who serves as HBO’s in-house intimacy coordinator. “We are proud to be working with SAG-AFTRA on continuing to set the standard of excellence for this rapidly expanding industry. The continued safety of performers on set is our number one priority.”
SAG-AFTRA famous that different efforts it’s taken to fight sexual harassment within the office embody:
• Putting a cease to improper non-public conferences and interviews in resort rooms and private residences.
• Negotiating stronger provisions into its main contracts with studio and community producers that assure members important rights and protections in intimate and extremely uncovered scenes.
• Issuing a code of conduct to forestall harassment and assault within the business.
• Building inner and exterior packages and retraining its employees to offer assist to survivors who want to report an incident or who want referrals to therapeutic sources or different help.
“Giving our members the ability to report sexual harassment, assault or discrimination is not new,” famous Morgan Tennant, the union’s govt director of Customer Experience and co-lead on the platform’s improvement workforce. During a walk-through with reporters final week, she identified options of the brand new reporting web site that features steadily requested questions on what constitutes sexual harassment and what the union can do about it.
Whether it could have stopped Harvey Weinstein, nonetheless, is unclear. His misconduct was by no means reported to the union, and solely grew to become public after his victims have been contacted by reporters at The New York Times. Numerous different Hollywood abusers have additionally been uncovered by the media.
“SAG-AFTRA is here to provide options for filing a report; to provide empathetic and trauma-informed assistance throughout the complaints process,” Tennant informed reporters. “It’s also important to understand that we can provide supportive resources for self-care, legal assistance and social services, and we can provide information about outside reporting options, including government agencies.”
She famous, nonetheless, that “just as important as it is to understand what SAG-AFTRA can do, is to understand what is not in our jurisdiction. We cannot serve as law enforcement, or be your legal representation. We cannot prepare or file reports for other signatories or employers; we do not control or enforce the complaint process of other unions, and we of course cannot dictate the outcome.”
The union can, nonetheless, take motion, if the accuser needs, by submitting a proper grievance with the harasser’s employer for violating the non-discrimination clause of its contracts.
Grace Allen, the coverage compliance supervisor on the SAG-AFTRA’s Equity & Inclusion division – and who serves as the first advocate for these submitting stories of sexual harassment – stated that she and her workforce will “work to ensure that this reporting process supports the needs of the user, while operating through a lens of empathy and empowerment. From the moment a user chooses to share their story, and throughout their journey that follows, my team and I are there offering guidance, support and a safe space as they process their experiences.”
SAG-AFTRA officers stated that the union can also be working with the Anita Hill-led Hollywood Commission, which can also be growing a platform to trace repeat offenders of sexual harassment and racial bias.