“Our Fight is Far From Over”: Reactions to Weinstein Verdict Span Praise, Shock
Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by more than 100 women of sexual assault or harassment, was found guilty Monday of rape and sexual assaut.
On the day Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape, after more than two years of conversation about abuse and harassment in the workplace around the world, reactions to the verdict came pouring in.
Weinstein, who has been accused by more than 100 women of sexual assault or harassment, was found guilty Monday of two out of five counts: criminal sexual act in the 1st degree and third-degree rape. He was found not guilty on three other charges, including the most severe sex crimes of predatory sexual assault.
The trial saw six women take the stand with accusations against Weinstein, and the jury of seven men and five women deliberated for more than 30 hours. Weinstein did not testify.
“While it is disappointing that today’s outcome does not deliver the true, full justice that so many women deserve, Harvey Weinstein will now forever be known as a convicted serial predator,” a group of Silence Breakers said in a statement via TIME’S UP after the verdict was announced. “This conviction would not be possible without the testimony of the courageous women and the many women who have spoken out. Despite intimidation from Weinstein’s legal team, they courageously shared their stories with the jury, the courtroom and the world.”
The Weinstein verdict has been viewed as a partial victory for survivors in a society where out of every 1,000 sexual assault cases, 995 perpetrators will walk free, according to RAINN. Weinstein was charged with additional sex crimes in Los Angeles the same day his sex crimes trial in New York began. He was charged by LA prosecutors with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate instances in 2013.
“This has been a flawed process from the beginning but has further exposed the difficulties women face in coming forward to tell the truth about powerful abusers,” the Silence Breakers’ statement continued. “Their bravery will forever be remembered in history. Our fight is far from over.”
Here are some of the prominent reactions to the Weinstein verdict in New York.