Powerful New Campaign #ThatsHarassment Aims To Raise Awareness Of Sexual Harassment

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That’s Harassment, a new PSA video series is raising awareness about sexual harassment. The new campaign features six individual short films, which are based on several women’s real life experiences with sexual assault. 

Spearheaded by actor David Schwimmer, the campaign was inspired by a similar series that aired in Israel, which was created, written and directed by Schwimmer’s friend Sigal Avin. Taken with the films’ message, he set out to develop a version to share in the U.S. Sigal and David partnered with Mazdack Rassi, co-founder of Milk Studios, and together they came up with #ThatsHarassment.

The mission of the campaign is to “illustrate various environments in which harassment occurs to increase awareness of harassment in our society.” The short films take place in a doctor’s office, a photography studio, a television show set, a business office (video above), bar and politician’s office; places where many women experience sexual harassment. 

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Sigal explained her intention with the films. “I realized that I really wanted to see what sexual harassment was instead of hearing about it and reading about it all the time. There was nothing on it, everything was much more violent, or unreal, but there was nothing that showed the gray area of sexual harassment.”

The videos, were shot over a single weekend with the goal of launching them this month for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The shorts feature actors Cristela Alonzo, Zazie Beetz, Bobby Cannavale, Noah Emmerich, Grace Gummer, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix, Cynthia Nixon, Anna Van Patten, Emmy Rossum, David Schwimmer and Joseph Sikora.

“The whole purpose of this is to encourage people and to give them the courage to speak out if they’re a victim themselves of harassment, or if they witness or are aware of sexual harassment,” says David. “The problem is that people don’t step forward or say something if they’re witnessing it because of fear of retaliation. The more you’re surrounded by other people, who agree and see that something is wrong, the easier it is for someone to step forward. You feel like you have an army behind you.”

All of the videos are available to view on the #ThatsHarassment Facebook page.

If you are someone you know is a victim of sexual harassment, call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

  • Ebele Deborah

    This is amezing, thank you for the awareness

  • Anastasia Nulph

    She over stayed her stay, and acted like a weak vulnerable little person,
    She should have owned up to being alone with a boss she showed no strength.
    Easy Target….Dummy.
    She lives in city takes train?
    Where was her back bone?

    • Alexandra Stein

      Hmmm… you sound like a kind of person who’d also blame a woman for getting raped, as in “she brought it upon herself” kind of BS.

      • Anastasia Nulph

        No I never would blame Man or Women for getting raped!
        Yes men get raped to!
        Yes men get sexually harassed on the job to!
        It’s not all about women only!
        I am a married woman with children & grandchildren!!!!
        And yes she over stayed her stay in the office video!
        Bartender could have moved away as conversation got creepy!
        Actress should have run out screaming and yelling when he had pants off no she stood there……C’mon get real! You were quick to judge me, you sound like a co-worker that would not believe a report of SH if someone came to you!

        • Alexandra Stein

          You still don’t get it, do you – the point is NOT what these women (or I, for that matter) “should” or “should not” have done; the point is that these women should not be put in a position where they have to deal with this kind of behaviour in the first place. I sincerely hope that, as a parent and a grandparent, you firmly instilled that in your male children…

    • Roxanne Bartel

      I’ve heard your argument for what the woman should do differently too many times. Being a very strong woman myself who has learned how to handle myself in these situations over many years of working very closely with men, I have to say these types of behaviors still shock me. Maybe that’s good because I haven’t normalized it and that has allowed me to still be open to engaging fully with my male colleagues, most of whom are respectful and appropriate. Entering my 50’s I thought these incidents would stop but they have just changed in their focus which has required me to add tools to my toolkit. It is the minority of men who pull this crap but I for one, think while we teach women strategies to respond, we must (men and women together) continue to send a strong message that men are responsible for their bad behavior and it is never acceptable to blame the recipient for her human reaction; the consequences of accepting a mindset of blaming the recipient are far too significant.

  • Alexandra Stein

    What a horrible thing to say, Anastasia Nulph! And this is coming from a WOMAN?? Sadly, sexual harassment will continue happening until there are people with the same attitude as yours. She is not the problem – HE is. He should not be hitting on her regardless of who she is and how she acts. This is a workplace, and everyone has the right to feel safe there. And since when a person can’t take a train in a city??!! What an ignorance…

    • Anastasia Nulph

      I do get it, you seem to be a bully jumping on me like that.
      Everyone has a different view! Embrace that fact.
      And the point is for awareness to get people talking….Isn’t that what we are doing?
      Don’t you get it?

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