In December 2017, Aftermetoo staged a two-day symposium to develop solutions to the problem of inadequate protections against abuse and harassment in screen industry workplaces.

Participants included actors, casting directors, writers, agents, unions, civil and criminal lawyers, trauma experts, economists, and legislators. Out of the symposium, Aftermetoo published a report with nine recommendations.

Understanding civil law and #Aftermetoo

The performers discuss #Aftermetoo

Next steps: Organizational change #Aftermetoo

Behind the scenes: The crew #Aftermetoo

Our unions and associations and #Aftermetoo

Trauma, memory, and the psychological effects of sexual violence and #Aftermetoo

The roles of agents and casting directors and #Aftermetoo

Criminal law examined: The problems survivors face reporting and #Aftermetoo

The issues of the Criminal Justice system and #Aftermetoo


Here are the people who helped create the symposium. To all of you: Thank you. We deeply appreciate your help.

  • Joanna Birenbaum, LLB; Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP
  • David Butt, LLB, LLM; lawyer
  • Julia Cappellacci
  • Mary-Elizabeth Dill, MA, socio-legal studies; JD; associate, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Milly Freire-Archer
  • Dr. Lori Haskell, clinical psychologist; assistant professor, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Jim Hopper, clinical psychologist; teaching associate, Harvard University
  • Mia Kirshner, co-founder of Aftermetoo
  • Wendy Komiotis, executive director, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children
  • Sarah Lesniewski, JD; lawyer
  • Blair Manktelow
  • Jennifer Mathers McHenry, LLM, LLB; founding partner, Mathers McHenry & Co.
  • Kirsti Mathers McHenry, LLM, LLB; managing partner, Mathers McHenry & Co.
  • Huong Pham, executive director, Assaulted Women’s Helpline
  • Emma Phillips, JD; lawyer, workplace investigator, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Melanie Randall, LLB; professor, faculty of law, Western University
  • Nicole St. Martin, actor
  • Sarah Thomas Moffat, IATSE, CSC, director of photography,
  • Ellen Whelan
  • Tamar Witelson, LLB; legal director, Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children

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