Terry Crews & James Van Der Beek Prove It's Important for Men to Speak Up About Sexual Assault

Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek
Zachary Zane

Hollywood has a serious problem when it comes to sweeping accounts of sexual assault under the rug, and that has never been more clear than in the case of longtime film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting, harassing, and raping many women working in the film industry throughout his career.

In acts of unbelievable courage, multiple women who have been attacked by Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Mira Sorvino have begun sharing their stories.  

In response, some of Hollywood's male celebrities have also started sharing their stories of sexual assault from powerful, male Hollywood execs.

Two days ago, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Star Terry Crews took to Twitter to commend the women who have been speaking out against Weinstein for their strength and recall an incident when an executive grabbed his privates in front of his wife.

While Terry could have easily fought back physically given his size and strength, he mentioned how the tabloids would spin it.

"240 lb. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Hauncho," Terry tweeted

Late last night, Dawson's Creek star James Van Der Beek also spoke about his experience with sexual assault in Hollywood when he was younger. He tweeted:

He also tweeted an article from The Cut, “For anyone judging the women who stayed silent, read this for perspective. Also for anyone brushing off harassment as 'boys being boys.'”

It an incredible amount of strength and bravery for sexual assault survivors, both men and women, to share their stories. Hopefully, this will encourage others to speak out and stop the rampant sexual assault that occurs in Hollywood and beyond.

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