Sexual Assault Allegations Sweep Hollywood - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

From Terry Crews to Reese Witherspoon, celebrities are coming forward with their own stories of being sexually assaulted throughout their careers – and now that the floodgates have been opened, it doesn’t look like the allegations are going to stop any time soon.

Some celebrities who came forward were shockingly young – including America Ferrera, who wrote on Instagram, “First time I can remember being sexually assaulted I was 9 years old. I told no one and lived with the shame and guilt thinking all along that I, a 9 year old child, was somehow responsible for the actions of a grown man. I had to see this man on a daily basis for years to come. He would smile at me and wave, and I would hurry past him, my blood running cold, my guts carrying the burden of what only he and I knew – that he expected me to shut my mouth and smile back.”

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, in which the film producer has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women throughout his career, women are tweeting and Facebooking their own stories tagged #MeToo.

Actress Angelina Jolie said, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie told the New York Times. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

“My heart was really racing. I was in a fight-or-flight moment,” Rosanna Arquette told the New Yorker of the experience. “He’s going to be working very hard to track people down and silence people,” she said. “To hurt people. That’s what he does.”

“It wasn’t until Ashley Judd heroically shared her story a few days ago that I felt ashamed,” said Heather Graham. “If I had spoken up a decade ago, would I have saved countless women from the same experience I had or worse? While I still do feel guilty for not speaking up all those years ago, I’m glad for this moment of reckoning. To the countless other women who have experienced the gray areas: I believe you.”

What Do You Think?

Have you seen the #MeToo posts on Facebook and Twitter? Do you feel that we, as a society, need to take these allegations more seriously? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please leave a comment on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Carlos Gamino