Adam Horovitz unequivocally stands behind the women who have accused his father of assault.
In a statement to The New York Times, Adam Horovitz said, “I believe the allegations against my father are true, and I stand behind the women that made them.”
His staunch position is somewhat surprising but entirely applause-worthy.
It’s surprising because in cases like this, it’s proven to be common for family members or close friends to come out in defense of the person accused rather than the accusers. Just look at Lena Dunham.
But Adam Horovitz's response was perfect.
Only about 2 percent of sexual assault allegations are proven to be false. It’s so important that the prevailing message in these situations be: Believe women.
And Adam Horovitz said that he does just that.
There's no doubt that it is difficult for someone to find out that their own father is a sexual predator.
That’s got to be a blow to your psyche. But the societal damage you’d do if you decided to defend a sexual predator is extraordinarily devastating.
So many on Twitter praised Adam Horovitz for being a socially responsible ally in the midst of what is no doubt a personal dilemma.
In conclusion, this is how you do it.
This is how to be an ally when your friends or family members are accused of sexual harassment or assault. This is what will lead to more women coming forward, more women being believed, and fewer women being abused by predatory men.