#ThatsHarassment is a series of six short films written and directed by Israeli-American director Sigal Avin that depicts cases of sexual harassment in the workplace, all based on real events. The films are executive produced by David Schwimmer, Mazdack Rassi of MILK Studios and Sigal Avin. Schwimmer, Avin and Rassi created this project to spark further awareness of sexual harassment, encourage women to report and speak out, and send a message to all that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in any environment.
The Ad Council distributed three of these PSAs to help raise awareness of sexual harassment. Called #ThatsHarassment, the films depict different scenarios where male co-workers in positions of power take things too far and raise awareness of the variety of circumstances in which sexual harassment can occur. The PSAs drive viewers to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), which is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN provides support and information to both bystanders and victims of sexual harassment at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or at RAINN.org/ThatsHarassment. RAINN operates a 24-hour hotline, along with a live chat option.
Separately, in partnership with National Women’s Law Center, Schwimmer and Avin have created a digital toolkit for employers where they invited them (including C-suite executives, HR directors, supervisors and managers) to use these films to educate, inform and ensure they are creating safe work environments and conditions for their employees. The Digital Toolkit can be downloaded at NWLC.org/ThatsHarassment and includes “10 Ways Your Company Can Help Prevent Harassment in the Workplace” as well as a Discussion Guide for employers to accompany the full-length films.