Actors speak out.
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"Around every corner, his fumbling fingers awaited"

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Last night, actresses took to thirteen theatres across the country to reveal their stories of sexual harassment and abuse.

One woman, speaking on Malmö City Theatre’s main stage, told the story of an actress who was 15 years old when her film director initiated a physical relationship with her. "Around every corner on set, his fumbling fingers awaited – to touch my body, and his meandering tongue, finding its way down my throat," she says.

A number of similar stories were told in succession. In Stockholm, roughly two hundred women spoke at Södra Teatern, to an audience including Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke.

Recently, Bah Kuhnke summoned a number of theatre heads to a meeting to discuss harassment at work. Now, she has promised a series of government measures to tackle the problem.

But it was not just actresses speaking up over the weekend. On Sunday, 1,139 women from the IT and technology sector jointly released an open letter with testimonies of sexism and harassment, under the hashtag teknisktfel, or 'technical error'.

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