The image of serial sexual abuser Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs after being charged with rape was a victorious moment for his victims, and women everywhere.
Yesterday’s events were especially poignant for Ashley Judd, a survivor of Weinstein’s abuse and one of the first to go on the record with allegations.
Judd took to Twitter to savour the moment, writing:
“That Harvey Weinstein, a powerful man who thrived and flourished as he shattered and abused women in a culture of impunity, was arrested and charged is resoundingly significant.
“It is a watershed event, an irreversible pivot away from tacit and explicit license to exploit… to clarity about unacceptable behavior no longer being tolerated.
“Today,” she continued, “these images of Harvey in handcuffs are possible because of the voices, backbone, & determination, in spite of the unknown & retaliation, demonstrated by survivors & the journalists who reported our stories.”
Hours after Weinstein turned himself into New York authorities, Rose McGowan, another of his victims and also one of the first to speak out appeared on US morning show Megyn Kelly Today.
“It shows people worldwide, which is what I was hoping the whole time, that this cannot and will not stand,” she said.
She added, defiantly, “We got you.”