Time is Limited - Act Now
Details about the sexual assault of female employees at large New York ad agencies
The ad industry was long known as a fun-time boys club, one that closely reflected the grab-ass banter and darker undertones of the fictional hit TV show Mad Men.
In 2016, the 3% Conference surveyed 600 American female employees for their ‘Elephant On Madison Avenue’ report.
They found that over half of the respondents had been subjected to an unwanted sexual advance–88% of which were from a colleague, 70% from a superior, and 49% from a client–yet only 1 in 3 filed a complaint.
In a 2018 survey in the UK by TimeTo, the ad industry body that was created after #MeToo began its surge across society, 41% of respondents said that they’d experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual assault in their place of work (i.e ad agencies) but 83% had not reported it.
And that’s because 82% claimed their harassers and abusers were senior to them–with bosses and managers as the most common perpetrators.
“Nothing really happened after MeToo…” former ad exec Zoe Scaman explained, “No real policy changes were enacted–there were a lot of pledges, a lot of heartfelt open letters, conference panels, but nothing has really changed.
“I don’t think the men who have done stuff already are going to be held to account–I think they’ve gotten away with it.”
How the Adult Survivor Act is giving those women a second chance at justice
Adult sexual abuse survivors will now have the legal power to sue their assailants for decades-old attacks under bipartisan legislation signed into law.
The State Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Adult Survivors Act–this bill enables adult victims that were 18 or older at the time of the alleged abuse a one-time opportunity to file civil lawsuits in New York–even if any statutes of limitations have run out.
The bill gives adult survivors a one-year window to file suit, similar to the New York’s Child Victims Act.
The purposes behind the creation of the Adult Survivor’s Act include:
- The measure is described as an act of “restorative justice;”
- It allows victims some level of accountability and recompense; and,
- It deters individuals and institutions from turning a blind eye to the future.
Gov. Kathy Hochul explains, “To those who thought they got away with a perfect crime, I say to you: Your time is up. Your victims will see you in court.”
In 2019, state lawmakers lengthened the statutes of limitations for many offenses–however, those changes did not apply retroactively, which made the Adult Survivors Act bill necessary.
The Consumer Justice Action team is encouraging adult female survivors of sexual assault who were employed at large ad agencies–especially in the 1980s and 1990s–to come forward and request a free, private case evaluation for justice and compensation!
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