Hollywood survey finds positive cultural shift involving sexual misconduct, but less accountability: Report

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The Associated Press recently reported on a survey that appears to suggest that the culture in Hollywood has changed since Harvey Weinstein was exposed for sexual assault and rape. However, there are those within the entertainment industry who are not convinced that perpetrators will ever be held responsible for their actions.

The Hollywood Commission, founded in 2017, was created to help put a stop to workplace harassment and discrimination throughout the entertainment industry. Chaired by Anita Hill, the commission released its second survey, which featured the results of interviews with more than 5,200 industry workers.

The workers were asked if they felt the behaviors and attitudes have changed throughout Hollywood since Weinstein’s case.

During an interview, Hill said: “There has been increased awareness of what the problems are, what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors aren’t acceptable, and what the systems are for confronting those problems.”

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“Now, people are understanding that this is a systemic problem.”

The study was carried out throughout 2022 and 2023. It found that a staggering 82% of workers are aware of some kind of unacceptable behaviors in the workplace, which represents a 6% increase from 2020. However, 74% of workers said they knew how to share their concerns about questionable work environments, which is also up 6% from 2020, per the report.

However, just 31% of workers in the entertainment industry believe it is likely that a perpetrator would be held accountable for their actions. Only 27% of women believe the perpetrator would be held accountable — a statistic that has largely remained unchanged over the past few years, according to the survey.

Additionally, just 41% of workers who experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct said they did not report the incident because they were not convinced that anything would be done about it. That is an increase of 8% from 2020.

“Accountability has been a problem,” Hill said. “What we’re seeing now is that people recognize that those high-profile cases are out there, but they don’t see those cases having much of an impact that work their way down through their organizations.”

Some 64% of women and 62% of men said that they had been on the receiving end of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

“This is a problem that has gone on probably since the entertainment industry came into being,” Hill noted. “It’s not something that’s going to turn around overnight. But it will happen in large and small ways if we continue to push for the change.”

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