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How Terry Crews Is Shifting the Image of Survivors

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Terry Crews said he motionless to tell his own #MeToo story after he saw the ascent doubt and dishonesty levied against the women coming brazen in Hollywood about their practice of passionate nuisance and abuse.

Through a dauntless and candid Twitter thread, Crews described a dire confront where an unnamed, but absolute agent allegedly groped Crews at a party in front of his wife (it was after suggested the talent agent was Adam Venit, former conduct of the suit picture dialect at William Morris Endeavor).

During an interview with ABC, Crews said the attack happened not once, but twice that night, and Venit stuck his tongue out at him in what he says was an sincerely passionate manner. His wife reliable Crews’ accusations to the network.


Since Crews came brazen with his allegations, he has been a untiring disciple and fan as the tidal call of passionate bungle allegations coming from Hollywood and elsewhere continues to hurl in. He’s refused to back down or be silenced. Crews posted a screenshot of an email that he says was from music mogul Russell Simmons where he asks Crews to give Venit “a pass.” Crews also said that his family has been spied on by WME.


But in Crews’ outspokenness, in his invariable support for all of the survivors pity their own stories, he has forced a new tab of what passionate bungle victims demeanour like in the mainstream.

“I consider Terry Crews is brave,” Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, told Salon. He “continues to be dauntless since he continues to pronounce up.” She combined that the #MeToo transformation has never been about just women.

It’s not a novel construction that men are sexually assaulted — one in 6 of them are reportedly victims of passionate assault. But with Crews being a former NFL defenseman and a visibly muscular, traditionally masculine, tall, black man, he has non-stop up space in #MeToo in a estimable way. In a multitude where black men are frequency seen as victims, Crews is also actively combating a long, ugly, dire story of the hyper-sexualization of African-American men in the U.S.

“It’s really formidable we consider as a black man to come brazen and be honest about the way in which they are looked at and dealt with,” Burke said, “like the fear of black men in passionate violence, but as survivors of it, not perpetrators.”

It’s a materialisation Crews is clearly wakeful of. “The way he [Venit] looked at me, the way he giggled, it was one of those things where he was like ‘hey man, no one’s ever going to trust you,’” Crews told ABC’s Michael Strahan. But Crews has remained steadfast, filing a police report about the incident, suing Venit and refusing to be shamed. “I did not merit to get molested,” he told ABC, and further, people need to be held accountable every singular time, Crews told Time.

Zeke Thomas, son of NBA gymnasium of famer Isiah Thomas and eminent DJ and music producer, has been very outspoken about his own knowledge of rape since well before the Harvey Weinstein allegations pennyless the floodgates. In Apr of this year, he became the first male envoy for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. And still, Thomas says, Crews’ story had a surpassing impact on him. “A straight, big, masculine, black male was assaulted,” Thomas told me on “Salon Talks.” “This isn’t just a happy issue, this isn’t just a women’s issue, this is now a human issue. And we’re bringing that to the forefront.”

“The takeaways and lessons are simple: it can occur to anybody, at any time, anywhere,” he added. “It’s all around us and this beast has to be defeated.”

Moving the review about passionate attack brazen has faced roadblocks at every turn. The open is generally gentle with ancillary famous white women, and much reduction prone when the victims are of color, or trans, bad or not women at all.

This was done transparent with the attacks by Lena Dunham against actor Aurora Perrineau when she purported that she was raped by a author for Dunham’s show “Girls.” “Things women don’t distortion about: rape,” Dunham once tweeted. When confronted by a lady of tone who lodged an indictment against one of her white co-workers, and having no explanation of its fabrication outward of the assurances of her friend, however, Dunham said, “this indictment is one of the 3 percent of attack cases that are misreported every year.” Funny how that happened.

As well, both Weinstein and members of the public saved their strongest doubts and indictments of the producer’s many accusers for actors Lupita Nyong’o and Salma Hayek, both women of color. Further a New York Times story about a enlightenment of prevalent passionate harassment in Ford plants that mostly targeted women of tone has perceived significantly reduction coverage than any identical accounts coming from Hollywood.

Similarly, much of the entertainment attention has shown a certain disregard when it comes to Crews’ claims. Venit initially took a leave of absence after the allegations, but returned to his job one month later. Weinstein, and many others like him, will likely never work again.

But Terry Crews and large others may have begun, ever so slightly, to convince the media that the standing quo of privileging the predicament of white women will not cut it any some-more when it comes to systemized passionate misconduct. Until the energy dynamics behind the abuse of all people are upended, until victims are no longer questioned and doubted some-more than their purported perpetrators, they will mount there as a sign that the survivors can be anyone, from golden-haired Best Actress Academy Award winners, to Latina bureau workers, to trans individuals, to boys of all colors, to 6’3″, 245-pound black men.

If we are going to make genuine strides in tackling passionate nuisance and attack in the workplace and elsewhere, we must let go of any preconceived notions or visions we have about victims and survivors. The inlet of abuse and predation is extended and voracious adequate that it doesn’t make such distinctions, that its targets are as sundry as those who dedicate it.

By acknowledging only the white, only the feminine, only the famous survivors, we remove the event to residence the problem in whole rather than in part, to attack it at the roots rather than at the branches.

Luckily, we’ve got Terry Crews assisting to lead the way there.


Rachel Leah reports for Salon. 

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