From the President/CEO
OPERA America is equally committed to helping opera companies prevent harassment and individuals who have been victims of harassment, abuse and/or assault. Accordingly, staff have collected and organized resources into two categories: For ORGANIZATIONS and for INDIVIDUALS. Information is provided for anyone who needs immediate assistance.

I sent a message last fall to all OPERA America General Directors urging them to review their anti-harassment policies, update them as needed, and distribute them to all full-time staff, part-time employees, artists, trustees and volunteers. It is more important than ever to enforce these policies to the fullest extent possible and to promote organizational cultures that are respectful of everyone involved in our industry.

We are grateful to the company leaders who have shared information about how their policies were created, distributed and enforced. None of these is offered as a prescription; all of them are available as points of reference for your own work. This collection of resources will be reviewed and refreshed on a regular basis. Further, we recommend that company leaders seek local expertise to tailor policies and procedures to their own organizations and to secure training for staff, artists, board members and volunteers.

OPERA America is committed to fostering an industry-wide work environment that is conducive to our highest goal – to honor our shared humanity. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions you may have.

- Marc A. Scorca, President/CEO

Opera Conference 2018, held in St. Louis in June, featured a valuable session on this important topic, entitled Confronting Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault. View the presentation by Adrienne Davis, vice provost and William M. Van Cleve professor of law, Washington University in St. Louis, in part one of the session video below.

Visit the Opera Conference 2018 resource page to view parts two (panel discussion) and three (conclusion) of this session.
If you are in crisis, contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE or chat with a counselor online. The link below leads to additional national resources for anyone experiencing harassment in any form.

Have you been in a position where you don’t know how to stop harassment or abuse? This simple guide will give you the tools to step in and help: Bystander Training Guide

To protect themselves and their employees, employers need to understand harassment and work to prevent it. Policies and tools are provided to assist the opera field with developing organizational procedures and responses.

Further information will be added to this page as it is available. To contribute additional policies, tools, resources or articles, please e-mail OPERA America reserves the right to curate the contents of this web page.

News Articles
The following articles and opinion pieces on sexual harassment in the entertainment, arts and culture sectors are intended to provide broader context for the opera field. Opinions expressed in these articles are those of the individual writers and do not necessarily represent those of OPERA America.

New York Times    Thursday, June 28, 2018
After #MeToo, the Ripple Effect
NPR Weekend Edition    Sunday, May 27, 2018
My Voice Should Be Heard': #MeToo And The Women Of Opera
The Muse    Friday, May 11, 2018
6 Ways to Shut Down Sexist Comments at Work
The Atlantic    Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The World Still Spins Around Male Genius
New York Times    Friday, March 23, 2018
#MeToo Called for an Overhaul. Are Workplaces Really Changing?
Chronicle of Philanthropy    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
How to Respond When a Leader Is Engulfed in a Sexual-Harassment Scandal
Nonprofit Times    Thursday, March 1, 2018
Sexual Harassment Issues Ensnaring Nonprofits
Slate    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Drinking With Co-Workers
Wall Street Journal    Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Sexual Harassment Lessons From the Art World
The Guardian    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
See change: the battle against sexual harassment in the art world
Chronicle of Philanthropy    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Nonprofit Workers Filed Nearly 1,200 Federal Complaints About Workplace Sexual Harassment
Taste of Country    Friday, February 16, 2018
Houston Chronicle    Friday, February 16, 2018
Guest Column: Time to bring back sexual harassment training
Chronicle of Philanthropy    Thursday, February 15, 2018
In Fighting Sexual Harassment, Donors Hold Power
WHYY Radio    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Actors union presents guidelines on preventing sexual harassment
Chronicle of Philanthropy    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5 Ways to Combat Sexual Harassment at Nonprofits
New York Times    Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The #MeToo Moment: I’m a Straight Man. Now What?
The Atlantic    Wednesday, December 20, 2017
What Does 'Sexual Misconduct' Actually Mean?
New York Times    Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Microsoft Moves to End Secrecy in Sexual Harassment Claims
New York Times    Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The #MeToo Moment: How to Be a (Good) Bystander
American Theatre    Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Unmuffling a Culture of Silence
The Paris Review    Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Opera in a Post-Weinstein World
The Globe and Mail    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
How we make excuses for violence against women on stage
The Atlantic    Monday, November 27, 2017
The 3 Things That Make Organizations More Prone to Sexual Harassment
Medium    Wednesday, November 8, 2017
An Open Letter to (Male) Chefs
New York Times    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
• In a Superstar Economy, a Bull Market in Superstar Harassers
Medium    Thursday, October 12, 2017
Opera’s Sexual Assault Secret
The New York Times    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
How to Encourage More Women to Report Sexual Harassment
The Weekly Standard    Monday, October 9, 2017
The Human Stain, Why the Harvey Weinstein Story is Worse Than You Think
HuffPost    Monday, October 10, 2016
Classic(al) Sexual Harassment
University of Missouri New Bureau    Thursday, April 7, 2016
Individual Gender Perceptions of Sexual Harassment Can Influence Workplace Policy Effectiveness
American Theatre    Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Not in our Theatre: The Fight Against Sexual Harassment
US Air Force    Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Green Dot to roll out across the Air Force
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