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Women in Film launching hotline for sexual harassment

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Women in Film, an advocacy group for women in Hollywood, plans to launch a sexual harassment hotline to help combat what appears to be a rampant problem in the industry.

The hotline, which also includes pro bono legal services, will refer men and women who have been subjected to sexual harassment to other survivors, mental health professionals, law enforcements, and lawyers, Variety reports.

In recent weeks, a tidal wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations have been levelled against a number of high-profile players in Hollywood — among them Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Kevin Spacey, James Toback and Louis C.K.

“Our phones have been ringing off the hook since these harassment stories began to break,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women in Film, told Variety. “We are hearing that victims feel isolated, that there is nowhere safe to go to tell their stories, that they believe they must keep their experiences silent or they will be sued or black-balled and that they feel helpless, fearing the legal costs of trying to do anything about what has happened to them. The Help Line will be staffed by trained experts to address these concerns, and all information will be kept strictly confidential.”

Read the full story at Variety.

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