Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual abuse of multiple women is rightfully dominating the headlines this week and it's a disturbing example of how men in powerful positions gaslight and silence their victims.
Actresses including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow have shared accounts of being sexually harassed by Weinstein, but there's another person we should be paying attention to: Actor Terry Crews took to Twitter to share his story of being sexually assaulted by an unidentified Hollywood executive.
"This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to ME," the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor tweeted on Tuesday.
Crews went on to recount an incident at an industry function last year in which "a high-level Hollywood executive came over to me and groped my privates."
"Jumping back, I said, 'What are you doing?!'" Crews continued. "My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk."
"I was going to kick his ass right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear," he recalled. "'240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho' would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left. That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened. He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did."
Crews explained why he chose not to speak out at the time, and his reasons will sound painfully familiar to both women and men who have been sexually assaulted.
Crews' account of sexual assault is so important because sexual violence is frequently viewed solely as a "women's issue." As noted by RAINN, boys and men who are sexually assaulted experience many of the same feelings and emotions as women survivors and "may also face some additional challenges because of social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity."
Sexual violence against men is also more prevalent than many people think. Approximately 14 percent of reported rapes involve boys or men, and 1 in 25 reported sexual assaults is against a man. (These numbers, of course, don't take into account the myriad assaults that go unreported.)