Sorvino: Here is what I think is so important about that. You were talking about people not having enough time and extending the statutes to three years instead of one. Once they’ve identified what’s happened to them, they have enough time to gather their materials and their courage...
Sorvino: Here is what I think is so important about that. You were talking about people not having enough time and extending the statutes to three years instead of one. Once they’ve identified what’s happened to them, they have enough time to gather their materials and their courage and try and bring a suit.
I would say that many people out there don’t even know that what has happened to them qualifies as sexual harassment. I would say that for myself, with what occurred to me back in the day with Harvey Weinstein, but in even other circumstances throughout my career. There are many instances that — especially under the strengthened, more clarified definitions presented by these bills — I definitely had sexual harassment cases to press had I known that’s what it was. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. So it’s not even for other people to call out what they are seeing, but it’s for the individual victims to know that what they just experienced is actually illegal, and something that they should not stand for. It’s absolutely key.
For many of us who work in entertainment, who work in media, people who work in the restaurant industry, and in tech, there are a lot of blurred lines. I want to ask about how we deal with that. How do we change the script so we do identify these kinds of behaviors and we change them?
Sorvino: I feel like the entire system — like we’re talking about the entertainment, the media industry — has always put it on the young person entering it, whether it’s a woman or a man, to navigate the shoals of sexual harassment alone. The onus has been put on the individual to have to take it or to have to ignore it, or to have to somehow persevere through and rise above, get past it, and still try to pursue gainful employment that is truthful and satisfying and successful. That is so wrong. It’s so wrong that the current culture has made it all on the person who’s on the receiving end of the harassment and none on the structure, the infrastructure of these industries and these companies, and these harassers. It’s kind of nuts. . . .
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