“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.
Today is a victory for the #SilenceBreakers who refused to be silent about Weinstein, igniting a global reckoning.— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) February 24, 2020
It’s a victory for survivors everywhere - and for all those who believe in justice.
Read our full statement from @TinaTchen: https://t.co/EYePvrWJlI
That cheering you hear is the sound of female journalists finally being able to drop the "alleged" before "rapist Harvey Weinstein" in their columns.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 24, 2020
Thinking about all the women who bravely come forward and will never have a day or a win like this one. Spare a thought or two for them as we celebrate Weinstein's conviction.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 24, 2020
It says a lot about rape culture and how accustomed women are to losing that nearly every female friend I have was expecting a 'not guilty' verdict in the Weinstein trial.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) February 24, 2020
Today’s outcome in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial is the result of the decisions of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk. Please keep those women in your thoughts today.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) February 24, 2020
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. The trial outcome is a rare time in which a powerful, rich man is held to account. A good moment for the survivors who risked everything to speak out.— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) February 24, 2020
Something that would have been a lot harder to convince a typical jury before #Metoo complicated simple narratives about how victims behave: Both Mann and Haleyi maintained contact with Weinstein after the assaults he was just convicted of. https://t.co/tDR9uC7zGd— Irin Carmon (@irin) February 24, 2020
In the future, when people think back on Harvey Weinstein, I hope the first image that pops into their heads is that coward shuffling into court w his fake walker— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) February 24, 2020
Grateful to all the courageous victims -and the villages that supported them- for stepping up and sharing your painful experiences so #Weinstein would be held accountable.— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) February 24, 2020
You have inspired and made a difference in the lives of many.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Gratitude to the brave women who’ve testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense .we will change the laws in the future so that rape victims are heard and not discredited and so that it’s easier for people to report their rapes— Rosanna Arquette🌎✌🏼 (@RoArquette) February 24, 2020
I hope Weinstein's conviction gets a lot of coverage to show that there are consequences, no matter how powerful you are. That said, I know that the conversation around this will not always be nuanced and can be hard on survivors. I hope we all keep that in mind.— Christina Reynolds (@creynoldsnc) February 24, 2020
I'm proud of the brave women who testified, they have taken out a monster on earth. Thank you to the prosecutor & jury who said not one more. Thank you to the public for examining things more deeply. I can finally exhale— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) February 24, 2020