Abuse Against Women is More than About Hollywood

Mira Sorvino’s Apology to Mia Farrow’s Son
is Only One Phase of What Needs to Happen!

Mira Sorvino, who won an Oscar for starring in Woody Allen’s 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite, has written an open letter voicing her support for his son, Dylan Farrow.

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Allen was accused of molesting Farrow when he was a child in 1992, claims he has long denied. In Sorvino’s letter, published by HuffPost, the actress said she’d never work with the filmmaker again.

“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the medias portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry.  For this I also owe an apology to Mia.”  ~ Mira Sorvino

Indeed, celebrities are fighting a winning battle in their industry and the CME movement is progressing forward as it should, but its gains are largely in the realm of sexual abuse against actors.

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly put production on pause for “All the Money in the World” after Kevin Spacey was ousted following a growing number of sexual misconduct claims. He received $1.5 Million to re-shoot portions of his role. In the meantime, his co-star Michelle Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for reenacting her scenes.

WHO CHAMPIONS NON-CELEBRITY WORKING WOMEN?
But more importantly, who is actually leading the fight for non-celebrity working women that have no media platform? Women earn just 79 cents for every dollar made by men. The gender wage gap most severely affects women of color. Hispanic and African American women working full time, earned just 55 cents and 60 cents respectively, for every dollar made by white, non-Hispanic men. And the wage gap even persists for women with college degrees who were paid 82% of what the similarly educated male peers received.

SEXUAL ABUSE
When it comes to sexual abuse, everyday women experience far greater harm than celebrities.

Consider these statistics:
17,700,000 Million The number of women who have been the victims of rape since 1998.
99% The percentage of perpetrators of sexual violence who will walk free.
13%  The percentage of female rape survivors who will attempt suicide.

What can you and I do about fighting for equity in women’s pay, as well as protecting women from sexual abuse and violence? Of course, there are organizations women can turn to, but it is my belief that more powerful equity and justice rests in the hands of those state and national politicians who make laws and insure their enforceability. At the beginning of Donald Trump’s term of presidency, almost 5 million women, (and some men), participated in the Washington protest march.  Let’s not stop there! With the 2018 mid-term elections less than 10 months away, we have the opportunity to influence politicians running for office by making our voices heard through active neighborhood campaigning and supporting those candidates who clearly prioritize the needs of women.


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