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By CPPA Website 22 Nov, 2017
"It was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control.  I just want healing.  It is time.  We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing."  These are just some of the words spoken today as Larry Nassar pleaded guilt to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and using his position as the team doctor to sexual abuse other victims.

See his plea statement here on CNN  and read the article here .
By CPPA Website 22 Nov, 2017
"I was standing on the shoulders of those who came before me.  There were women who come before you, it is part of the arc.  It is the arc we are now seeing made more visible because of the #MeToo movement.  I would say change will come...but you will be part of this history and the history will ultimately unfold in a way that will make the world more just for everyone." - Anita Hill

See the full The Washington Post’s Libby Casey interview here .

By CPPA Website 22 Nov, 2017
Why call out the "playboys" and honor them when there are many healthy marriages to look up to in business is a question music manager, Scouter Braun, asks.  While we know we are all human, we need healthy boundaries and need to continue to self correct with the help of others.  Making role models out of bad behavior is hopefully dying out.  It is time to honor good values and those with good morals.  

See the Variety article here .
By CPPA Website 21 Nov, 2017
Studio heads from nice guys to bullies need boundaries.  John Lasseter is taking a six month sabbatical based on allegations made by multiple employees at Pixar.   It is time to review work harassment policies and those who have any contact with children of abuse in custody matters need to ensure children are protected.

Here is the memo John Lasseter sent:

I have always wanted our animation studios to be places where creators can explore their vision with the support and collaboration of other gifted animators and storytellers. This kind of creative culture takes constant vigilance to maintain. It’s built on trust and respect, and it becomes fragile if any members of the team don’t feel valued. As a leader, it’s my responsibility to ensure that doesn’t happen; and I now believe I have been falling short in this regard.

I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them. As a result, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent. Collectively, you mean the world to me, and I deeply apologize if I have let you down. I especially want to apologize to anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form. No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected.

In my conversations with Disney, we are united in our commitment to always treat any concerns you have with the seriousness they deserve, and to address them in an appropriate manner. We also share a desire to reinforce the vibrant, respectful culture that has been the foundation of our studios’ success since the beginning. And we agree the first step in that direction is for me to take some time away to reflect on how to move forward from here. As hard as it is for me to step away from a job I am so passionate about and a team I hold in the highest regard, not just as artists but as people, I know it’s the best thing for all of us right now. My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve.

I’m immensely proud of this team, and I know you will continue to wow the world in my absence. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working together again in the new year.

John

For the full article, see The Hollywood Reporter .

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By CPPA Website 21 Nov, 2017
City leaders, concerned citizens and protective parents were on hand to see Rachel Meyrick's new documentary "What Doesn't Kill Me."  This amazing look into DV from those who stayed in the abuse for years to those who leave without being able to protect their children, will shock you and educate you on how our family court system in America is not protecting our children.  Thank you to Rachel for this important film, all who contributed their stories and all those in attendance in Solano.  Rachel, thanks for the great video of you greeting the audience as well!

To screen this film in CA, please contact us to see if we can help set up a showing.  If you are outside of CA, please go to  https://www.whatdoesntkillme.com/  and click on screenings for how to host a screening near you. 

Photo credit: Benjamin Gogna
By CPPA Website 17 Nov, 2017
Sexual harassment and assault are not laughing matters.  When comedians are funny, do we know where the line should be?  Clearly two comedians (one turned Congressman) recently have been called out for their actions and both have acknowledged these actions as true.  Sarah Silverman who has worked with both of them has given a statement asking can you still love someone even after this?  "We need to be better. We will be better."  When people we love do an unspeakable act, how do we move on?  You start with the victims.  Adults know better.   Do we feel bad when a person has an accident and their auto insurance goes up?  We accept this is the consequences.  When there are no consequences, all that goes up usually for an abuser is more abuse.

Watch how hard this situation is for Sara Silverman .  Now think how hard this is for a child who has been abused by a parent.
By CPPA Website 15 Nov, 2017
The complaint process in our US Congress for sexual harassment is flawed to the point people are not reporting. Today Speaker Paul Ryan announced all House Representatives and staff will have mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Rep. Speier understands training is not enough; processes must be corrected to allow for abuse and harassment allegations to properly hold offenders accountable and ensure victims are protected.

See press release here .
By CPPA Website 14 Nov, 2017
More tickets are available for Saturday's 2 pm screening, even though tickets are limited to 160.  Please add your name to the CPPA events webpage  to reserve a seat.  See screening details here . SUISUN HARBOR THEATRE, 20 Main Street, Suisun City, CA 94585  A $20 donation is suggested at the door.
By CPPA Website 14 Nov, 2017
The Committee on House Administration will meet on Tuesday for a hearing on harassment.  As noted in a recent Washington Post  analysis, Congress has seen nearly a million dollars a year being paid out for workplace violation settlements from 1997 to 2014.  Now 1,500 former Capitol Hill aides have signed a letter requesting mandatory harassment training as well as a revamp of the Office of Compliance.  “The Congress of the United States should be the one work environment where people are treated with respect, where there isn’t a hostile work environment,” said Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, who will testify on Tuesday about her efforts to deal with harassment in the Capitol. “And frankly, it’s just the opposite. It’s probably among the worst.”  

  Read the full story here
By CPPA Website 11 Nov, 2017
Director and producer Judd Apatow discusses the reason "Harvey Weinstein" types have been allowed to continue their abuse and ideas on how to stop this abuse cycle.  He states greed, not wanting to make waves, the path of least resistance, doing nothing, and cowardliness are all reasons.  We see this when parents abuse children.  The greed of some to dismiss the abuse, even when they are mandate reporters.  The path that has been paved to ignore abuse and women has been paved for too long.  But there are ways to end the cycle of abuse.  First you have to acknowledge it.  Just because an abusive parent gets custody does not mean they are no longer abusive.  How many children have had to move a dresser in front of their door every night to protect themselves, not just on a press tour for a film as Darryl Hannah did for her press tour?

Read the full article here .  Photo credit Andreas Branch/REX/Shutterstock
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