The woman behind ‘Star Wars’ is on a Mission to End Sexual Abuse in Hollywood

Kathleen Kennedy

If it were up to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, she would use the power of the Force to put an end to sexual assault and harassment in the Hollywood industry. Kennedy recently won the Woman of the Year Award at the Elle “Women in Hollywood” Awards event. She used her acceptance speech as a platform to speak out against the sexual degradation present in the movie industry, which has been brought to light by assault and abuse accusations against Harvey Weinstein.

kathleen Kennedy offered some ideas on how to battle and bring the atrocities to an end, elaborating on her proposal to kick off a commission which will create a “decisive, industry-wide institutional response that legislates change.”

“The organizations that constitute the American film industry, the studios, the unions, the guilds and the talent agencies should immediately convene a commission charged with developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse,” she told attendees at the Elle “Women in Hollywood” Award gathering.

“[This commission concept should be] fully funded by our industry in order to address the task at hand in a thorough, comprehensive fashion, [and] should be composed of specialists in labor and management practices, lawyers and legal scholars, sociologists, psychologists, feminists, activists and theorists, as well as people who work in film and television,” Kennedy continued.

“It seems to me the solution would include zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior, and a secure, reliable, unimpeachable system in which victims of abuse can report what’s happened to them with a confident expectation that action will be taken without placing their employment, reputation and careers at risk,” she stated.

Kennedy’s speech was followed by a standing ovation from the audience. It was pretty obvious that her contemporaries thought the idea was a great one. Director Ava Duvernay commented, “I applaud Kathy and the creation and call to create safe spaces for women in regards to sexual harassment.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” writer / director J.J. Abrams also spoke out about sexual assault and discrimination in Hollywood, especially the Harvey Weinstein case.

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