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The predator is victimized even in 2017

Harvey Weinstein, a well-known movie producer and director in Hollywood, has been accused of sexually harassing 93 women.

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Harvey Weinstein, a well-known movie producer and director in Hollywood, has been accused of sexually harassing 93 women.

Jordan Hanlon, Staff Writer

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Ninety-three.

That’s how many women have accused famous movie producer Harvey Weinstein of some form of sexual harassment or assault.

Poor Weinstein.

At least that’s the narrative being pushed by the media.

Women, especially those showcased in media, are afraid to come out and speak about their experiences. This is because, in the media, men are victimized after being blamed for rape while women often see negative repercussions, even though the crime was committed against them.

All of the accusations on Weinstein have happened in the last month, some dating back more than 30 years ago.

Almost 100 women have accused him of sexual harassment, yet what is actually being done? Nothing.

Many are even speculating that the accusations are fake.

A similar event happened in President Trump’s 2016 election when he was accused of sexually harassing over nine women.

According to The Washington Post, both Trump and the White House believe there is a conspiracy against him and still believe that the accusations are fake.

Sure, there are a lot of people who did not want Trump to be president, but what extreme would people go to in order to ensure his failure? That’s the main problem. Men are not held responsible for their actions, especially those with wealth and power.

Trump, no matter if the accusations are true or not, will never be held accountable for them.

However, those that believe the accusations against Weinstein are false are fooling themselves.

In Weinstein’s case, one woman gathered the courage to accuse him of his wrongdoing and inspired many others to come forward as well.

Why would all these women make this up? Why would they put themselves through emotional pain and slander from the media just to accuse Weinstein?

They wouldn’t. Men, specifically those with money and those with power, are able to get away with breaking the law and sexually harassing women and children because of their power.

Another huge example of this is the well-known case of Brock Turner, the Stanford student, who was accused of raping a female but only faced a sentence of three months in jail.

He was not held responsible because his father has a lot of money and knew the judge, Aaron Persky. All of this wealth and personal connection block the real issue. A girl was raped, and she is receiving no justice.

According to The Washington Post, critics of the judge of Turner’s case, Persky, said, “[Persky] was biased against women and didn’t take sexual assault seriously. [He gave] Brock Turner a light sentence because he was affluent and white [and] because he, too, had been a student-athlete at Stanford.”

If anything, the entire case against Weinstein just opens up more reoccurring problems in Hollywood that get dusted under the rug and ignored. But they are still problems that need to be addressed.

Child pedophilia and sexual harassment is not a new issue. There are men in Hollywood known for sexual harassment, yet they’re still out in the public producing movies.

Elijah Woods, who is best known for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings series, has recently spoken out about his experiences of sexual abuse as a child actor.

“Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. It was all organized. There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind. What burns me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power. That’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people,” said Woods.

Prevalent and powerful men — not just in Hollywood, but everywhere in the world — will continue to assault and rape women unless we are holding them accountable. This should not be an issue in 2017. Women and children should not have to worry about getting harassed by their boss.

You’ve heard it before: Let’s stop teaching girls to “not dress slutty” and start teaching boys to not rape girls.

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