Terry Crews’ Alleged Sexual Abuse Shows Why Victims Don’t Come Forward

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“Terry Crews is 6’3", 240 lb. and he was scared to speak up about his sexual assault. Now ask yourself why a 5’1", 125 lb. woman wouldn’t be scared.”

 

After a number of powerful women in Hollywood — including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette and Mira Sorvino — opened up about alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior they experienced at the hands of influential film producer Harvey Weinstein, former NFL player and actor Terry Crews also revealed how a “Hollywood executive” sexually assaulted him.

In a series of tweets, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor recalled how the male executive, whom he did not name, approached him at an industry event last year and groped him, right in front of his wife.

“Jumping back, I said, ‘What are you doing?’” Crews wrote on social media. “My wife saw everything and we looked at him like he was crazy. He just grinned like a jerk.”

The 49-year-old explained why he did not take action right at that moment.

“I was going to kick his a** right then — but I thought twice about how the whole thing would appear,” Crews continued. “‘240 lbs. Black Man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day. Only I probably wouldn’t have been able to read it because I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL. So we left. That night and the next day I talked to everyone I knew that worked with him about what happened. He called me the next day with an apology but never really explained why he did what he did.”

The actor then reminded the world why most victims of sexual assault, particularly women, are so reluctant to come forward.

 

“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go. Who’s going 2 believe you? (few) What r the repercussions? (many) Do u want 2 work again? (Yes) R you prepared 2b ostracized?(No),” he continued. “I love what I do. But it’s a shame and the height of disappointment when someone tries to takes advantage of that.”

 

“I understand and empathize with those who have remained silent,” Crews concluded. “But Harvey Weinstein is not the only perpetrator. Hollywood is not the only business where this happens, and to the casualties of this behavior— you are not alone.”

Crews’ alleged sexual assault also highlights the issue of sexual violence against men.

According to the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, about 14 percent of reported rapes involve men or boys.

Just like female victims, male victims of sexual assault also experience shame, grief, anger and fear — and what Crews claimed happened with him is a powerful reminder that we need to start talking about this side of the equation as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thumbnail/Banner: Reuters, Danny Moloshok

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