Rose McGowan has gone from actress to outspoken advocate in the last several years. Armed with her Imperator Furiosa haircut and a lot of harsh truths, I am as grateful for present-day McGowan as I am for Jawbreakers McGowan and that is saying something, truly.
In the wake of Trump’s comments on sexual assault (“which ones?” is a fair question at this point—let’s just go with all of ‘em), many women have gone public with their personal stories and reasons why women don’t always report this abuse. Including McGowan.
a (female) criminal attorney said because I'd done a sex scene in a film I would never win against the studio head. #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
because it's been an open secret in Hollywood/Media & they shamed me while adulating my rapist. #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
Because my ex sold our movie to my rapist for distribution #WhyWomenDontReport— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
It is time for some goddamned honesty in this world.— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 14, 2016
And people still wonder why women don’t come forward, or why Donald Trump’s accusers are “just coming forward now.” Allow me to offer you some possibilities:
- Because you know that phrase “strength in numbers?” Yeah. That.
- Because maybe they did and no one listened or they were silenced, like most of Cosby’s victims.
- Because of this bullshit.
- Because it’s none of your goddamn business why not, that’s why.
Thank you, Rose, for being a voice for those who don’t have one, be it from fear or by being stripped of it.