500 signatures reached
To: NY State Assembly and Elite World Group
Support Carré Otis and Survivors in Creating a Safer Modeling Industry
Sexual assault and misconduct are rampant in the modeling industry. Carré Otis’s recent lawsuit against her abuser, Gérald Marie, highlights a decades’ long system of traffic that demands justice.
Show your support for Carré by signing the Model Alliance’s petition NOW to help time-barred survivors access justice and put protections in place to create a safer industry for all.
First, New York lawmakers must pass the Adult Survivors Act to let survivors who were 18 or older at the time of their abuse and are now outside the statute of limitations come forward to seek justice through the civil courts.
Second, we demand that agencies, brands, fashion powerhouses like Elite World Group and others sign onto the Model Alliance’s one-of-a-kind RESPECT Program to commit to workers’ rights and an environment free of abuse. The RESPECT Program is the only existing accountability program designed by and for models. Under RESPECT, signatory companies make a legally binding, enforceable commitment to require their employees and contractors to follow a code of conduct that protects everyone’s safety on the job.
Why is this important?
The industry that allowed and enabled serial abusers like Marie is still the same industry: One that lacks regulation, escapes accountability, and normalizes trafficking -- all off the backs of young women and men. It’s time to ensure that everyone in this industry can work in a safe environment, free from harm, with access to justice.
Alessandra Biaggi, New York State Senator
Ambra Battilana Gutierez
Ayesha Barenblat, Remake
Bradley James Falconer
Carrie Ann Moss
Greg Asbed, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Gwen Van Meir
Julia Schwadron Marianelli
Matthew Charles Sutton
Sarah Newell, Director of Outreach and Communications, WSR Network
Sarah Spinner, PsyD
Susan Holmes McKagan
Theresa Haas, Director of Transnational Strategies, WSR Network
Yuh-Line Niou, New York State Assemblymember