Cannes takes a stand on abuse

Hotline opened for victims to report and seek help

by Richard Mowe

French Minister for Gender Equalities Marlène Schiappa, whose department partnered on the move
French Minister for Gender Equalities Marlène Schiappa, whose department partnered on the move Photo: Nantilus

The organisers of the Cannes Film Festival in the post-Weinstein era have decided to take firm action to prevent “harassment, violence, and abuse” by setting up a dedicated hotline for the public to report instances and seek help.

The Festival says that "the time has come to speak out, because there must be zero tolerance with sexual harassment or abuse of any kind.” The hotline has been established in partnership with the French Ministry of Gender Equality.

The move is part of "a firm approach to preventing sexual harassment, and to stand shoulder to shoulder with victims.” The dedicated number, +33 (0)4 92 99 80 09, was available from yesterday. The initiative is designed to help people who have experienced sexual harassment or physical or emotional abuse, by offering appropriate support.

By calling this number, victims can share their experience with Festival teams, who will listen, offer support and, if desired, provide guidance and assistance for any important next steps (going to the police station or the hospital). The caller can also be put in touch with a victim support charity.

Festival-goers can also send email with accounts of harassment and abuse to Cannesalerte@festival-cannes.fr

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