After the New York Times published an expose on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexually assaulting women, an outpouring of women came forward with similar reports. Gwenyth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevigne, Lena Headey, and Rosanna Arquette are just some of the women who have shared stories about Weinstein’s abusive actions.
When one survivor comes forward, it creates a safer space for more survivors to come forward. Why wouldn’t women come forward immediately after being assaulted, you ask? There are a plethora of reasons, from not wanting to re-live the traumatic experience to the fear of being blacklisted professionally. But most importantly, because society is dumb AF and trusts the word of powerful men who commit sexual assault more than the women who accuse them of doing it. (And let’s not forget male victims of sexual violence, whose experiences are also often invalidated, unfortunately.)
In a world that blames assault victims for their own trauma, it’s not easy for survivors to come forward. And quite frankly, we should be putting more emphasis on the perpetrators of assault and bystanders who knew of it happening and did nothing.
One of those bystanders is Quentin Tarantino, and he’s finally taking responsibility for his actions (or, more appropriately, his lack of action).