In recent days it has become increasingly evident that the movie empire of Harvey Weinstein has been propped up with a solid base of silence. It appears that many, many, many people knew of his disgusting treatment of women, some even laughing and joking about it in public. Yet, until now, their collective silence was deafening and it likely emboldened him and allowed him to continue.
Silence is not a position of neutrality. It never helps the victim and it always supports the perpetrator.
Victims of abuse often find it hard to talk about what happened to them - and their abusers use it against them. We must educate ourselves about abuse and be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Speaking out when someone is victimized forces us to confront our own vulnerability. But, the world is not always a fair and just place. We must do better and learn to speak out, especially against the high and mighty who use their positions of power and authority to disregard the dignity, respect and equality we all deserve.