The term ‘Weinstein Effect’ describes the current situation in the US. Allegations of sexual harassment and assault enacted by celebrities in the past are exposed to media daily. Women had kept their sexual assault horror stories, and indecent exposures from celebrities and powerful men a secret. Some were scared all these years because they thought they were protecting their career and no one would listen to them. After Weinstein was exposed in early October, most women decided to expose every indecent exposure and unfairness they experienced while interacting with celebrities. This occurrence emerged after several women claimed that Harvey Weinstein has sexually assaulted them. 30 of the women who came forward are highly respected in the society. This wave sent so many women to thoughts of their past, and some emerged with the truth to expose all high profile officials who raped or tried to abuse them. I noted that most of the accused men either resigned or got fired an indication that companies listened and reacted to this claims.
I believe this activity will last and the American culture is changing. Women have been heard without being judged for once. In the Weinstein story, the police and government never listened to any of the ladies. They did not have anyone to help prosecute him hence nothing their stories became statistics. I believe this has brought a wave of change to managers, police and Human resource personnel. They will investigate further to ensure they put an end to such behavior early. I know police have learned that high profile people also need to be brought to justice. More than ten high profile men have resigned and fired according to the article “After
Weinstein: A List of Men Accused of Sexual Misconduct and the Fallout for Each.”
According to an article titled “What the Weinstein Effect Can Teach Us About Campus Sexual Assault” published in the New York Times Weinstein effect does not affect the students. They have always been outspoken about any sexual misconduct. As per the authors, the students will be more comfortable to expose their attackers as per the example depicted in media.
“Weinstein Effect’ goes global as powerful men confronted” exposed reactions from different countries. In this article, Aron explains that the same effect swept Israel where a Journalist revealed that a media tycoon had sexually assaulted her after a job interview 25 years earlier. The mogul tried to deny, but three other women came forward, so he had to resign. Israel takes these accusations seriously, and years before this incident their former president was jailed because of sexual misconduct.
Italy does not support their female who came out to accuse Weinstein. The actress named Asia reported Weinstein and exposed him at the New Yorker. Italians were extremely annoyed about her claims, and they thought that she is causing trouble. According to the article “Italy, where sex assault victims are shamed.” This scandal opened doors for other women in Italy. Siri claims, approximately ten ladies came forward to accuse Fausto Brizzi of rape. He denied the allegation. He is a film director working hand in hand with Warner Bros who have since suspended him from all his current and future contracts. The company claims that it focuses on creating a peaceful and safe environment for employees. These actions indicate that Italy has both positive and negative ideas about the Weinstein Effect.
In my opinion, Weinstein’s case has opened so many women’s wounds and talking about the event shows a step towards healing. I am glad he was caught because he has been doing this for over a decade. They exposed him and the case is under investigation. I hope this goes well in the sense that he gets punished for all the assaults he has committed. The final judgment to his case will bring change to Americans. In case he gets a fair judgment the culture will continue, and women will come out to save other women from going through the same situation. The companies are also struggling to maintain a safe workplace an indication that when this blows over things will never go back the way they were.