So are we going to talk about this sexual assault epidemic sweeping our society?
Not that this is the first season that we have heard of the horrendous stories, from the childhood of adult stars as well as the present day. Sexual assault/harassment are these things no one seems to want to discuss. It is truly as ugly as it sounds. The shit is not okay. Let’s talk though.
I have read stories, watched interviews from victims, the accused, along with their significant others. It has been unbelievable the incidents that are now coming out and the victims have found the strength to speak up.
Why do we blame the victim?
I have heard conversations and scrolled through many posts on social media placing the blame on the victims and that they are responsible for actions they did or did not take. How is the victim responsible? These men and women who are victims did not ask to be violated in a sexual matter nor did they request to be harassed. I’m sure the experiences were uncomfortable as fuck. Being a teenager or a person interviewing for a position or even auditioning for a role. You aren’t always aware of your surroundings or whether this is or isn’t “protocol.” Victims battle fear. Fear exist after finding out something was done to you that you didn’t deserve and you may jeopardize a lot by speaking out on this person. Fear is wanting to tell someone about the things that took place but you don’t know if they will believe you because the perp has “power” or friends in high places.
Did anyone forget that we have a president who is also alleged of sexual harassment?
This proves the type of society we are living in. Rape culture is alive, present, and accepted in this country. However, that still does not make it legal or tolerable. Our country is being ran by an arrogant, racist white male who sexualizes and continuously makes lewd remarks about women.
Who are the perpetrators?
From the stories I have listened to, there have been on many occasions where the victim was faced by the accused and possibly an additional person (who works with the perp). This addition could be the director, casting coach, assistant, co-worker,boss, and family members or friends in close proximity who witnessed these acts.
Those who sit around witnessing these cruel acts rather become accomplices then risk their jobs by speaking up when they see something that is wrong. You are the perpetrators.
Watch and listen to Thandie Newtons story. Thandie’s Story
What Can We Do?
Though Hollywood is on the forefront currently as perps began to surface with victims speaking out about sexual assault and sexual harassment experiences they have had. This take place at our jobs, in college, when we go out, in our relationships, and we must be aware of the signs and speak up with no fear. As we can see this not only happens to women but men as well. See something, say something. Shame on those who stood on the sideline and watched the power players use and abuse other human beings for their own gratification. Do not shame or belittle someone who found the strength within themselves to share their story. Allow them to speak their truth. We must understand that this issue is not going away anytime soon its been around for decades. We must first fight for charges to be filed, convictions to be made, and for our justice system to be fair and not spare the rod because the perp is a person of power. No matter our social class honey we all are human and should be afforded the same equal rights and be treated fairly.
I have listed below some really great links for you to do more, say more, and think more.
Minimum List of those Accused:
Charlie Rose, Ryan Seacrest, Oliver Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Al Franken, Richard Dreyfuss, Louis C.K., John Travolta, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, Russell Simmons, Andy Dick, Benny Medina, John Singleton, Harvey Weinstien, and the list goes on.
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