Research indicates that 46% of workers in the film and television sector across the UK reported being bullied at work1, twice the rate of the workforce in the wider economy. In advertising, research indicates 26% of the workforce have been sexually harassed, 72% of this group of people report having been harassed more than once2. In music, research shows that 48% of musicians report having experienced some form of sexual harassment at work and that 85% of victims did not report it3. No abuse towards any individual is acceptable. Women, young workers, freelancers, and people working extended hours are particularly vulnerable. The cultural and creative industries has a duty of care to act.
Abuse can come from anyone, and can be particularly challenging if it is from a well-connected individual holding powerful positions; people who experience abuse can be afraid to speak out and experience rejection and challenge within industry if they raise concerns. There is a need to rebuild trust in the industry, to provide avenues for reporting and for industry to act when incidents are reported.
Everyone has the right to a safe and harassment free workplace.