Today, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center calls on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, and state lawmakers to ensure that the casino being built in Everett by Wynn Resorts does not display the name of its founder Steve Wynn. Wynn resigned as chairman and chief executive of the company on Wednesday after reports were made public that he had harassed and sexually assaulted employees for decades.
“We are at a tipping point in how our culture responds to sexual harassment and assault. Massachusetts has an important opportunity to show leadership by demanding that the companies who do business here are held accountable when they look the other way in response to reports of workplace sexual harassment and abuse,” said Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. “We must do this not because survivors of sexual assault need to be shielded from Wynn’s name. They do not. Survivors routinely navigate hundreds of reminders of what they’ve experienced in their daily lives. We must do this because our community and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should not get stuck with a monument to a man forced out of his job due to multiple allegations of sexual assault, and whose name now joins those of other high-profile offenders of sexual violence, including Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nassar.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on January 27 that multiple employees of Wynn, all women, reported having been harassed or assaulted by him and that Wynn, who has denied the reports, had paid a settlement of $7.5 million to one of his former employees who reported that he had raped her. This week, a petition was launched on the social network Care2 calling on the city of Las Vegas to rename the thoroughfare Wynn Boulevard.
“Forcing Wynn’s name from this project will not undo the damage caused by decades of sexual assault,” Scaramella added. “But we have a choice. Let’s insist on community accountability.”
Update February 9: Want to join our call to action? Read more and contact the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.