Weinstein case part of larger conversation

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, May 31, 2018

Seeing Harvey Weinstein turn himself in to New York’s First Precinct made my heart soar.

Seeing his smug face in that dumb baby-blue sweater turn himself in made me feel like maybe things are going to start looking up in regards to rape culture.

He turned himself in on May 25, and he was indicted by a New York City grand jury on charges of rape in the first and third degrees and first-degree criminal sexual act.

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While this seems like the end of the Harvey Weinstein saga, it is really just the beginning.

The #MeToo movement was blasted wide open with more than 70 women accusing Weinstein of sexual misconduct of varying degrees, but now that he is on trial, a new conversation will begin.

Prior to his indictment, the conversation was people defending his character and wondering how women could accuse him when Weinstein catapulted them into stardom.

Now it’s a battle to prove the assault actually happened.

That is not an easy battle.

The first battle is to prove the acts weren’t consensual.

The second battle is proving that the misconduct wasn’t the woman’s fault.

Both of those battles have been hard fought and lost what feels like every single stinking day.

I’m friends with plenty of women, and I can’t throw a stone without finding one that has a story of being assaulted. I am also hard-pressed to find women that have been assaulted that have had their stories believed.

Yes, some women have lied about being assaulted for a multitude of reasons. The Duke lacrosse case is why people are afraid of ruining men’s reputations with accusations of assault, but no one thinks of the reputation, or the mental health, of the woman that actually makes the accusation.

If one in four women are sexually assaulted, I can imagine most don’t report anything. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, less than a third of sexual assaults are reported to police. Why? Because women are scared no one will believe them. Women feel like their lives will be threatened if they report. Women feel like the police won’t do anything.

With the Weinstein case happening, this is the perfect time to tell the women in your life that they can tell you anything and that you will believe them. It’s important.

For now, all we can do is pray, and if you don’t pray then hope, that Weinstein will get the justice he deserves. Jail time.

Weinstein posted a cash bail of $1 million, and his next court date is scheduled for July 30.