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The Harvey Weinstein scandal brings awareness to sexual assault

Stevie Maizes

10.27.17

In the recent controversy that has shocked the nation, owner of the Weinstein Production company, which produced motion pictures such as Lion, Southpaw, Spy Kids, Scary Movie, and more, Harvey Weinstein has been proved guilty of many cases of sexual assault against actors company's movies.

As weeks have gone by and the story has progressed, many well-known actresses have come out and spoke against Weinstein claiming they had been victims of sexual harassment. The list goes on with more than 40 women speaking out, including Lupita Nyong'o, Ashely Judd, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, and Gwyneth Paltrow..


Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the first major Hollywood Actresses to claim that Weinstein harassed her. Paltrow told reporters that when she was 22 years old, Weinstein hired her to play the lead role in the Jane Austen adaptation Emma. Before the production began, she told reporters that he invited her to his suite for what she thought was work related but resulted with him placing his hands on her.

"I was a kid. I was signed up. I was petrified. I thought he would fire me," Paltrow said.

With all of this information coming to light, it was decided that for his own good, Harvey Weinstein be asked to leave his own company. As more and more people began to come forward claiming harassment, the #MeToo movement was started by the public to bring awareness to the importance and seriousness of sexual harassment. People would post #MeToo to share their story or their support to the cause because they have experienced sexual assault themselves. The response was overwhelming and made the hashtag trend worldwide!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hashtag had been used in more than 1.7 million tweets from over 85 different countries in just a week and a half.




The fact there are so many accounts of sexual harassment and the many people responsible still have not been properly punished is horrible. In what world is it okay to sexually take advantage of people? IT'S NOT FUCKING OK. It's so unfortunate that millions of people around the world have experience these uncomfortable and disgusting events that haunt them forever. It's not fair.


As everyone around the world had been using #MeToo to go public with their personal encounters, I was sadden to see many people I know, including close friends, use the hashtag on their social media accounts. It's truly baffling how much a problem this in our world. As most of the victims of sexual assault tend to be women, there are actually quite a lot of men out there who have experienced these awful and traumatizing incidents as well.

As unfortunate as it is for me to say, I'm going to also have to use #MeToo.


I am not ashamed either. Life has some pretty shitty times, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Even though the millions of people, including myself, have been sexually harassed and cannot change what happened to us, we can all ban together to bring awareness to this crucial problem that people deal with everyday.

Together, we can put an end to sexual assault, even if it has to start with the firing of a major company's CEO. We have to start somewhere.

So, what are you waiting for? Let's make a change!