‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Terry Crews Perfectly Articulates Why Sexual Assault Victims Don’t Come Forward

Wow. This is how you use your privilege, platform, and influence for good.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews recently came forward with his own tale of sexual assault in Hollywood and recalled why he was too afraid to come forward.

In a string of tweets, he said,

Terry perfectly nails the fears and costs that come with speaking out and why a victim, even a male victim, might be unwilling to do so.

So many sexists will claim that sexual assault victims should “stand up for themselves” but that’s just not always possible. Even for Terry, someone with the physical capability to defend himself, “standing up for himself” was not an option.

Terry’s story comes on the heels of several reports that Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein assaulted countless women over the last three decades, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone: men, women, young, old, and everyone in between.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can find free resources from RAINN.

Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.