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Sundance, Utah look to protect festival goers from sexual assault

Sundance, Utah look to protect festival goers from sexual assault (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - The #MeToo movement has dominated the news for the last year, and in a way, the seeds of this sexual harassment and assault reckoning were planted in Park City. In 1997, actress Rose McGowen says she was raped by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The alleged assault was the beginning of a movement.

As the Sundance Film Festival gears up once again in Utah, festival organizers and the Utah Attorney General's office have teamed up to try and reduce these kinds of events. A hotline is now opened 24 hours a day during the festival.

Signs at Sundance venues warn predators and reassure potential victims about the hotline, signs read: Sundance Institute is committed to allowing attendees to experience the Sundance Film Festival free of harassment, discrimination, sexism, and threatening or disrespectful behavior. We reserve the right to revoke, without notice or refund, credentials or access to the festival events and venues for those you engage in such conduct.

The phone number is manned 24 hours a day: 801-834-1944.

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