Women Are Having To Clap Back Because A Lot Of People Don't Understand Rape Culture

    Following a growing list of accusations from women about sex abuse in Hollywood, a lot of people don't seem to understand why women can be silent in the face of of sexual harassment.

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    Emma Thompson

    Women are clapping back against people who continue to question why they keep silent in the face of sexual harassment.

    It comes in the wake of numerous allegations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

    A growing list of women – mostly actors – have accused Weinstein of pestering them for sexual favours in exchange for career support, as first reported by the New York Times. Three women have also accused him of rape, according to an extensive investigation by the New Yorker. Weinstein denies all the allegations.

    Police in London and New York have both confirmed to BuzzFeed News that units are investigating sexual assault complaints against Weinstein.

    The Academy Awards will consider "any actions warranted" against Weinstein following the accusations. He has also been suspended by BAFTA, the British Academy of Film. Finally, The Weinstein Company (which he cofounded with his brother) has fired him, the board announced Sunday.

    Following the allegations, a number of people online, including prominent Brexit supporter Arron Banks, questioned and condemned people who keep silent after after enduring sexual harassment and abuse.

    @janemerrick23 everyone likes a good Hollywood party ! #luvvies

    UK political columnist Tim Montgomerie criticised Emma Thompson after she described Weinstein's actions as the "tip of the iceberg".

    Criticised for his position, the Times columnist doubled down, asking: "What’s the point of being brave after the exposé? I really don’t get it."

    And controversial media personality Julia Hartley-Brewer then weighed in.

    She went on – in response to widespread criticism – to claim that the number of women speaking out and discussing their experiences of sexual assault demonstrated "that speaking out about a sex pest went from being career suicide a week ago to being a career boost now".

    As did White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway.

    The woman Banks was addressing in the above tweet, journalist Jane Merrick, took issue with both Banks's and Montgomerie's comments.

    She was supported by Isabel Hardman, the Spectator journalist.

    @montie @janemerrick23 @Arron_banks Tim am really sad that you’re suggesting that the problem here is how women res… https://t.co/ez0qOAa1ua

    Following the comments, Labour MPs Jess Phillips and Stella Creasy both tweeted in support of women.

    As did author Emma Kennedy.

    More women have added their voices to the criticism.

    Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Rose Troup Buchanan at Rose.Buchanan@BuzzFeed.com.

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