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Shining a Light on Sexual Assault
According to avclub.com and other sources, Louis C.K.'s new movie I Love You, Daddy, which was set to premiere in New York has been canceled.
This was due to an apparent article set to break in The New York Times that deals with allegations of sexual harassment on the part of the popular comedian. Rumors have circulated for years regarding Mr. C.K.'s sexual indiscretions.
Like many other celebrities, these rumors have been swept under the rug. However, with an outpouring of support for sexual assault and harassment victims of late, many of these powerful celebrities can't have their crimes hidden in the shadows much longer.
This isn't to say Louis C.K. is guilty of any of the allegations suspected of him. At the time of this writing, the article from The New York Times has yet to be published and Mr. C.K. has yet to address any of the allegations made against him.
What we are seeing though is the crumbling of a culture where powerful men and women believe they can behave however they wish and at the expense of those with less power. These acts, if true, are abominable and as the world becomes more and more aware of the situation, we as a society have stood up and said: "We can't allow this to continue."
Collectively, we are creating an environment that lets victims feel as though they can safely point at their accusers without repercussion while sending a message to those that believe themselves untouchable that they are no longer safe and will not be protected.
With many of the allegations being levied against those in the Hollywood scene, news of their behavior has become very high profile. Unfortunately, for victims, this can make coming forward even more difficult than it already is, as they may not want the media attention.
On the other hand, with how many pay attention to the goings-on of celebrities, the cultural shift is being followed by more people and we get a better understanding of just how rampant this sexual misbehavior is. Hopefully, with this accelerated awareness, the shift in our culture moves along faster as we work towards eliminating the quiet acceptance of sexual assault.
There have already been many successes in shifting this culture. The action taken against somebody as powerful as Harvey Weinstein shows that no matter how high your status is in any industry, your crimes can be brought to light and you will be held accountable.
We must remain vigilant however and make sure all those in power know that even outside of Hollywood, this behavior is never acceptable. Let anyone who would victimize another know, there are no more shadows to hide in.
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