DCA is excited to support the launch of NOW – Australia’s response to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
Spearheaded by none other than journalist Tracey Spicer, and endorsed by a raft of Australian talent, NOW is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation for people who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or intimidated at work.
It will connect survivors of workplace sexual harassment and indecent assault with the counselling and legal support they need to make their voices heard, and will also work with government, business, and the wider community to develop solutions for the future.
In the wake of increased reporting of sexual harassment and the fact that 1 in 5 people have experienced it in the last five years, this can’t come soon enough. Evidence also shows that women of colour, those with a disability and LGBTI people are particularly vulnerable.
For us at DCA, this is an important moment. One when awareness turns into action. And an online movement translates into real life change that we so desperately need.
Despite the fact that workplace sexual harassment has been unlawful in Australia since 1984, it remains a serious and widespread problem. When Tracey Spicer put a call out for Australian #MeToo stories last year she received more than 1600 responses from all around Australia, across industries and backgrounds.
Shame and fear often prevents victims from speaking out which has allowed these crimes to perpetuate. NOW is working with women’s legal services, lawyers, counsellors and psychologists, academics, unions, disability advocates, members of the LGBTI community, politicians and diversity experts to provide essential support so victims can tell their stories.
DCA encourages all workplaces to visibly support NOW. Send the message that sexual harassment, intimidation and abuse in our workplaces will not be tolerated and make the silent victim aware that support is available. Members can also access DCA’s resources on dealing with unlawful workplace behaviour and sexual harassment.