Day 264: Harvey Weinstein

A slew of allegations of sexual assault, rape and using a position of power to manipulate and harass women has caused an avalanche for prominent movie producer and Democratic Party funder Harvey Weinstein.

Multiple stories have alleged sexual assault and rape of upwards of 12 women total. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have claimed that they were victims of Weinstein’s harassment, including having the former’s claim verified by then-boyfriend Brad Pitt. Ronan Farrow, the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen and a man who has consistently and unrelentingly called out his father for being a pervert, published a story in the New Yorker that contained chilling audio of Weinstein admitting to groping a woman.

It takes a nation to enable these monsters. The New York Times allegedly killed a story reporting some of the same allegations about Weinstein in 2004, after concerns about losing an advertiser and phone calls from Matt Damon and Russell Crowe. It took many of the recipients of Weinstein’s money (many prominent Democratic politicians) an inexcusable number of days to respond or donate the cash.

I understand why it is difficult for victims to come forward. Monsters like Weinstein pick people who are vulnerable and who can be silenced and manipulated. Even Terry Crews,  a former NFL player turned actor who could easily physically deal with someone like Weinstein, felt powerless when he was sexually assaulted.

Crews made an insightful point when detailing his sexual assault yesterday. The abusers rely on power that they make victims believe they have over them. The power of the victims is in unity and sharing their stories together. It’s what ultimately brought down Weinstein, Bill Cosby and can hopefully bring down future felons too.

Here are a few organizations that you can donate your time and money. They support sexual assault survivors:

Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
My Sister’s Place: https://mysistersplacedc.org/
DC Rape Crisis Center: http://dcrcc.org/
End The Backlog: http://www.endthebacklog.org/

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