ArtsProfessional is conducting a survey into sexual harassment claims in the Art Sector. The survey released early findings which have raised several questions about how organisations are handling claims. At present the majority of respondents (70%) have reported being sexual harassed with the perpetrator being in a senior position. The survey came into action after the publication of a “Code of Behaviour”.
The code was developed at the royal court theatre in London following a day of action. The day consisted of 150 sexual harassment claims being read aloud including 11 accounts of rape. The document lists 6 suggested codes of behaviour for individuals in the industry to follow. It was established in efforts to provoke cultural change and prevent further sexual harassment in the arts sector.
Since the revelations the old Victoria theatre has set up an email helpline appointing external advisors to assist with any issues raised. The Actos union Equity has also launched an investigation in efforts to find practical solutions to combat sexual harassment.
ArtsProfessional are urging anyone in the industry to take part in the survey before it closes on Wednesday the 15th of November.