I agree with you to an extent...what I dont want is a chaperone/no chaperone debate and also the "all photographers are perverts until proven otherwise" line deflecting from the issue. The industry in the UK is relativelly safe and is very safe if you take precautions. There are a few sex offenders who get away with it, due mainly to a combination of the industry turning a blind eye/the authorities not caring much and models reluctance to act together.StreetModelI think models should assume all adult shoots have the possibility of taking a bad turn if they don't know the photographer and have no references from friends/places like this....
You are correct in the first line Thank you for your support, but I suspect your £100 is safe.photostoreI kind of hope you are taken to task by him Iain !(as i have an inkling that is what your hoping for ?) if he does come out fighting Iain, i'd like to see a fighting fund set up for your costs, this is not your personal crusade, it's everyones who shoots models ! I'd happily pledge the first £100.00 You probably have much higher earnings than myself, but i'd personally feel happier being attached to an industry that has a chance of being just a little bit "cleaner and safer for models" and with a better rep so 100.00 well spent
I dont take it as an attack at all, but perhaps it would help if I explain myself. I have first hand experience of industry related sexual assaults being reported. Evidence is difficult, nigh on impossible to obtain due to the circumstances in which they are committed, it differs from assaults outwith the industry and means about the only evidence potentially available are the testimonies from the parties present, almost exclusivelly the victim and the assailant. Therefore, I cannot say to any individual you should report it, that would be placing her in a situation of more distress with little hope of a positive outcome. HOWEVER, I did link to the Moorov Doctrine and have stated on numerious occassions that if victims would come together and make a joint complaint, then the chances of a successful prosecution would increase 100 fold. It is a very realistic way forward but it would take a brave victim to take the lead and make it happen, at present there seems to be no will to do this. Of course any serving Police Officer reading this could pass the details of both this thread and my blog to the appropriate department within the force area where the offences were committed and if there was any genuine will within the Police in that area to do something, I'm sure they would contact me. On your second point, any particular agent is not the focus of my attentions by any means, however as a particular agent may be a major cog in the wheel in that they may have access to new models with no experience and could effectivelly habitually and deliberately places them in a situation whereby they may be assaulted, then yes I think in certain circumstances an agent could be as guilty as the perpetrator and in law probably is. As for particular victims. If you have not met them it would be difficult for you to interpret the dynamic. A victim would be upset by the assault of course, but she may also be particularly angry that she was placed in that position initially. Had her agent warned her, the assault could have been avoided and she could still have got the fat fee. Unfortunately this is how a number of models think, if they are safe and can collect a big pay day, the circumstances of the work or whom is the paymaster is irrelevant. And evidence suggests that often should a model be aware of where she is going and how to act, then an assault is unlikely to occur.myshootIt seems to me to be a very courageous and laudable blog. However it concerns me that there seems to be a view that to report a serious sexual assault would inevitably lead to a, what he said vs what she said, investigation. There is much more that can and would be investigated. However difficult it would be for her and as someone who has two teenage daughters I accept it would be extremely difficult, she should have been/be encouraged to report the crime. The vast majority of the victims that have come forward in the celebrity cases recently have done so because they have felt their accounts would be taken seriously but someone needs to blow a whistle at some point. It is not the case that the predator would have to admit their crime. I'd also take issue with the focus of some of your attentions (the agent). I doubt very much that the victim feels more anger towards them than the person who perpetrated the crime and so maybe your own views should be set aside for them to make their own decision.. Please don't misread this as an attack on you Iain, far from it. Well done indeed for highlighting this person to those of us who weren't aware. Just my take on your view on part of the story.
Yes, sure...that also goes for anyone else who wants to link to it..GrimeAndGlamourIain, would you mind if I linked your blogpost on my Facebook page? We have a 'photographer' up here is one step away from this and I would hope at least one model would read it and take the possibilities on board. Thank you in advance.