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Over 10 sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood and no one is batting an eye

There have been over 15 sexual harassment allegations within 2017. Photo from Public Domain.

There have been over 15 sexual harassment allegations within 2017. Photo from Public Domain.

Karly Ortiz, Commentary Reporter

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For as long as most people can remember, rumors of sexual misconduct in Hollywood have always been just that; rumors. But lately, actors and actresses have stepped forth, shedding light on the thing most of us dismissed despite it being known for years. In my opinion, sexual harassment has become an ignored epidemic and the harassers need to be exposed.

Hollywood has always been known as a city of dreams, but for those in the industry, it seems to be a city of nightmares too. There have been more than ten sexual harassment allegations against big names in Hollywood in just 2017 alone, and most, if not all, have been ignored and profusely denied.

For example, Anthony Rapp, an actor on Star Trek: Discovery, revealed in an interview in October that actor, Kevin Spacey made sexual advances in 1986, when he was 14, in Spacey’s New York apartment. In response to the accusation, Spacey posted a Twitter post, apologizing to Rapp. Funnily enough, in the same statement, Spacey came out as gay. I’m sorry, but coming out as gay is not going to save Kevin Spacey from being labeled as a pedophile.

The victims have been ridiculed and laughed at on social media, and threatened by those they’ve accused, and still, there has been almost no mention of the law. Sadly, only 3 out of 6 sexual harassment cases ever even make it to trial in the court of law, and for workers against their employers, this number is even less. It’s disgusting that these allegations aren’t being taken much more seriously, not only by citizens but also the industry itself.

When people commit crimes or harass others, they should always be held accountable – no matter what industry they work for or how much power they wield. ”

— Melissa Benoist

These men and women may have power in their craft, but they certainly are not above the law. Precautions should have been taken to ensure these victims get justice, when people come forward they deserve to be heard. It isn’t okay for these people to get away with something that no normal citizen would, and it’s ridiculous that anyone thinks otherwise.

Most importantly, these victims should not have to be afraid or embarrassed for standing up for themselves or for standing up for others. It’s pathetic that these big business owners think they have power over anyone, especially someone in a much more vulnerable position than themselves. Hollywood stars are as human as the rest of us, and the moment we treat them as anything less or more in the court of law is the moment this problem in Hollywood becomes the norm.

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