Why Former NFL Player Terry Crews Is Speaking Up NOW About His Sexual Assault

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Recently, news broke that Harvey Weinstein has allegedly sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and raped several women. Some bystander, watching from the outside and never having experienced abuse or assault, have resorted to victim-blaming, such as Donna Karan, who insinuated that victims were asking for trouble or other people asking, "If it was so bad, why didn't more come forward?"

In light of everything we're learning about Weinstein and others in Hollywood, these shocking statistics are especially pertinent:

Knowing this, it's not surprising people are people afraid to report a crime committed against them!


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For victims of sexual violence, keeping quiet can be for a multitude of reasons such as:

  • Fear of retaliation
  • Fear of law enforcement doing little to nothing
  • Not being believed or heard

In support of the bravery of the dozens of women coming forward as victims of Weinstein's, Terry Crews, American actor and former NFL player, shared his own history of sexual abuse by a “high-level Hollywood executive.”

Crews stated, “This whole thing with Harvey Weinstein is giving me PTSD. Why? Because this kind of thing happened to me.” 

Why did Crews decide to come out after news was released about Harvey Weinstein?

Crews reported that a male Hollywood executive groped his genitals and “grinned like a jerk.” Crews wanted to retaliate, but didn’t as he feared he would be arrested and put in jail. He believed that “'240 lb. black man stomps out Hollywood Honcho’ would be the headline the next day.” 

This incident happened in 2016, and this is the first time that Terry Crews has come forward to speak about it.

And now he's providing insight into why sexual assault victims may not come forward about it. He understands why so many victims don’t speak out, because he is in a similar situation.

“I let it go. And I understand why many women who this happens to let it go.”

He also proceeded to make a list of questions that came to mind when he was assaulted, that explain what other victims think when they experience such an attack.

  • “Who’s going to believe you?” Few.
  • “What are the repercussions?” Many.
  • “Do you want [to] work again?” Yes.
  • “Are you prepared to be ostracized?” No.

It’s almost as if Crews is making a pros and cons list in his head to help make the decision to report the sexual abuse or assault or stay silent.

There shouldn’t be this amount of thought and pressure on victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Victims should feel safe in reporting sexually violent crimes to the proper authorities.

Victims of sexual violence may have additional worries depending on the power imbalance between the victim and perpetrator, such as losing their job, being denied a promotion, threats to the victim and/or their children and so forth. The victims of Harvey Weinstein feared having their careers ruined (and there is evidence he did that to women who rejected him, on multiple occasions) and not advancing in their roles, which isn’t surprising, seeing as Weinstein had power and fame.


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Crews broke his silence for a reason. He hopes that his story will “deter a predator and encourage someone who feels hopeless.”

I want to personally thank Terry Crews for being a voice for those who have been silenced or feel they have no choice other than to keep quiet. It takes a lot of courage and bravery in a society with such emphasis on gender norms, and breaking his silence is absolutely admirable.

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