You don’t have to be a celebrity to fight back against sexual harassment.
The Time’s Up movement, which launched earlier this month to help fight sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond, has created a legal defense fund to help victims of sexual harassment protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
The fund will be administrated by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), with a network of lawyers and public relations professionals ready to lend assistance.
People looking to receive legal assistance can contact NWLC through its website.
More information about the fund will be released soon.
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“This Fund will enable more individuals to come forward and be connected with lawyers — regardless of industry, rank or role,” states the website. “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.”
The initiative has raised over $18 million for a legal defense fund, which will be used to help lower-income women and men pursue their cases. Donations are accepted through a GoFundMe link.
“Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund will provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their careers,” reads a statement on the donation’s page.
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
More than 11,000 people and groups have donated so far, in sums ranging from $5 to $2 million. Director Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw donated $2 million through their Wunderkinder Foundation, the largest sum so far. Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath contributed $1 million, as did most of the major talent agencies in Hollywood.
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Movement starters Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Shonda Rhimeseach donated $500,000, while Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfreychimed in with $100,000 each. Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and Cate Blanchett continued the donations with $50,000 each.
More than 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives signed an impassioned open letter that officially announced the movement on New Year’s Day.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter read in the New York Times.