Me Too. Reporting Abuses of Power in a Freelance Industry. - There is a Facebook group of women sharing advice on directors, casting agents, workshop leaders etc. who sound dodgy. This is less than ideal, it means that there are abusers out there that people know about and are just avoiding rather than addressing their behaviour. Discussion about ethics of these informal disclosures, possibility of false accusations. - Comparison to child safeguarding. In child safeguarding there are clear lines of reporting, everyone is responsible, child does not have to consent for a concern to be raised. The route for reporting inappropriate behaviour in adults to adults is nowhere near as clear. - Royal Court's policy and 'No Grey Area' events provide guidelines. (Link here https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Royal-Court-Announces-Industry-Code-of-Behaviour-to-Prevent-Sexual-Harassment-Abuses-of-Power-20171103)\- Theoretically in formalised organisations there is always somewhere to report to, but in reality what are the repercussions? Reputational damage sometimes occurs, but it is very rare for an abuser's career to be ended. Out of Joint went through a proper procedure with Max Stafford-Clark and he simply went freelance and continued to work. - Problem of unmonitored, independent, small scale producers and directors working in disparate way. Who is the organisation with the expertise to listen and investigate? Equity?- We can encourage police reporting, but often events fall into a 'grey area', that are not really a crime, but would be unacceptable in a more straightforward workplace. - If you are employed within an organisation you can raise concerns as a witness. - Long term there need to be more women in positions of power. - People are awful!- However, it is actually very positive that this conversation is being had out loud now. A small step. - If the board are not following up, can try to report to charity commission and funders. - What is being done to address this at drama schools? Some new guidance has been issued in academia about safe touch. A lot is about protecting the institution and it's staff rather than the potential victims. - UK Theatre are consulting on a industry telephone line for reporting abuses of power. There will be more open forums on it. The group felt very positive about that as a resource. - Whistleblowing policies are hard for organisations, perhaps part of their work on whistleblowing could be to support the phone line financially. - The abuse we are talking about is not always sexual. Can be mental/emotional/bullying too. - Can we request outside auditors to come and observe workshops, companies, odd practise. - We are all outside eyes. Should feel the ability to join forces and support others. - Freelancers feel in very precarious situation. Reputation is key to career and having no money is an issue.- If high profile people speak out does it really make a difference?- Part of the tree of inequality, which includes unequal pay too. This is not going to be a quick change.- Equity and Musicians Union should be called on to make a bigger deal of these issues. - A few high profile offenders can help to bring attention to inappropriate behaviour. Many people are probably not aware of how abusive/inappropriate they are. Some kind of written guidance? 'This is how to be professional'.- This should not be about blaming men. There is a lot of damaging social conditioning and confusion around what is inappropriate. How do we use theatre to talk to young male audiences? Starting awareness in schools. Relationship education should take in a wider definition of 'relationships'.- How to pin down 'that makes me uncomfortable' without it coming back to the victim as 'pull yourself together, why can't you handle it?'- The low level harassment is different, but it is related to the culture that is at the other extreme, illegal end of the spectrum. - A respectful confrontation is easier to have on behalf of someone else. We can set general rules in our spaces. 'Can we be careful when doing x, y, and z as that could make some people uncomfortable'.- Drama school training. Actors being told to flirt with directors and agents. To what extent do we want to burden young actors with responsibility of changing the industry. To what extent do we want to prepare them for the reality of quite a toxic environment. - We don't want to 'Dettol' our workspace and strip away the social aspects of a social industry. - We need to be able to carry our professionalism with us into a cafe or bar meeting as well as in the theatre. - Directors training to include a section on 'not being a dick'. - A simple conversation early on can often stop a problem or culture arising. Gender does feed in to this, women often doubt themselves more than men. Talked about the 'BOFF' model of feedback. Keeping awkward conversations simple.