After sharing her own story with sexual harassment, Olivia Munn is explaining why she decided to speak out.
The actress, 37, wrote an emotional essay for Entertainment Weekly where she touched on her experience with director Brett Ratner and why people like Ratner, Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen are the reason Hollywood “should create a zero-tolerance policy with actionable consequences for sexual assault and any other forms of abuse.”
“In our world today – and it’s not just Hollywood, it’s the same for girls and women all over the world who have survived sexual abuse and/or harassment – abusers don’t usually get in trouble unless the victim is broken first, because the violating act alone is not damaging enough to spark society’s outrage,” she wrote. “It’s a marathon towards self-destruction in order to gain credibility and a vicious circle of victim-blaming.”
Munn is urging Hollywood to change its ways, “The system that lets men like Ratner and Allen back in, is the same system that creates disparity.”
Adding, “It’s tilted to roll back into their favour while the rest of us are saddled with a Sisyphean task.”
The “X-Men: Apocalypse” actress concluded with a message to the men in power, “If you’re already at the top or on your way there, please don’t hold us back anymore,” she pleads. “Instead, stand with the rest of us – because the glass ceiling that hangs over me is the same glass ceiling that will hang over your daughters, sisters, nieces…”
“Together, our voices are mighty, powerful, and earth-shaking. We’re strong. We’re not afraid to call each other out – and we’re not afraid to call you out anymore either.”
Read Munn’s complete essay here.