Hollywood Women on Offensive Against Sexual Abusers

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"If this group of women can't fight for a model for other women who don't have as much power and privilege", Rhimes told the Times, "then who can?"

Actors Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and powerful TV producer Shonda Rhimes are among hundreds of Hollywood women who have formed an anti-harassment coalition called Time's Up.

The letter, which is aimed at "every woman... who has had to fend off sexual advances", goes on to say that such harassment can often continue because "perpetrators and employers never face any consequences".

"It's very hard for us to speak righteously about the rest of anything if we haven't cleaned our own house", Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes said to NPR about Time's Up.

A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women-like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels-protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.

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The campaign was brought into the public eye on Monday with full-page adverts in the Times, which helped expose allegations of abuse against Harvey Weinstein, and Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion. It will be housed and administrated by the National Women's Law Center, and now has more than $13 million in donations. The leaderless organization is also developing legislation to penalize companies who tolerate harassment and use non-disclosure agreements to silence survivors, and demanding that entertainment companies have equal numbers of male and female-identifying executives by 2020.

'We're finally hearing each other, and seeing each other, and now locking arms in solidarity with each other, and in solidarity for every woman who doesn't feel seen, to be finally heard'.

The letter was signed by actresses such as Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington.

It has already overseen the creation of a commission, announced in December, that is tasked with creating a blueprint for ending sexual harassment in show business. "It's time to do something about it", the group's website declares.