After the amazing investigative work of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey and the bravery of all the women who spoke out about Harvey Weintein's alleged sexual abuse, there was the inevitable sexist fall-out, 'Why didn't they say anything sooner? Why did some of them settle out of court?'
These unfortunate comments were bound to circulate, but heck, this one of the big reasons why people often don't report sexual assault - they will not be believed and they will be blamed in some way in the process.
One of the people who knew these feelings all too well was actor Terry Crews.
The 6' 2" tall, 17 stone actor, who you will have seen in White Chicks, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more, made the powerful admission that he had once been assaulted by a Hollywood powerhouse himself.
In a series of Tweets Crews explained how 'high level Hollywood executive' approached him and groped his genitals.
Despite Crews being more-than capable of physically matching this person, and with the added witness of his wife, he did not physically protect himself, nor did he go fully public with what happened.
He explained, 'I decided not to take it further, because I didn't want to be ostracised - par for the course when the predator has power and influence. I let it go, and I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.'
He spells out the reason for his silence, 'Who's going to believe you? (Few) What are the repercussions? (Many) Do you want to work again? (Yes) Are you prepared to be ostracised? (No)'
He concludes, 'I understand and empathise with those who have remained silent. But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator.Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behaviour— you are not alone. Hopefully, me coming forward with my story will deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.'
The response to this thread has been overwhelming, with people screen-grabbing its entirety and reposting it all over Twitter.
That this could happen to an established, male and physically strong actor, proves that it could happen to anyone, and does.
Though sometimes it may be annoying that a man making a point can sometimes be heard a little louder, this thread shines a clear light on how abuse of power works. Letting your harasser walk away is not a sign of weakness, its a sign of their effectiveness in fear, power hierarchy and manipulation.