Rose McGowan Wants Media To Stop Using Term ‘Alleged’
Rose McGowan, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her and has become one of the faces of the movement to prosecute and fight abuse, wants the way the media reports on assault to change.
McGowan sat down with a group of women who have come forward with allegations of abuse against famous men for a New York Magazine roundtable. Their roundtable was teased on NBC‘s The Today Show Wednesday.
McGowan believes that the way the media covers abuse isn’t helping.
- “I would challenge the media to stop using the word alleged,” she said.
- “My beef is really with all the people who are complicit,” she added. “It’s the first time in history women are being believed. Even though we get slagged.”
- Many social media users were quick to point that the term “alleged” is used for legal reasons.
- As one user pointed out, “we have laws that must be followed regarding innocence until proven guilty” and the term alleged protects not only the accused, but the publications reporting on the accusations.
Other women speak out. Joining her were several other women, some of whom have accused Weinstein, and others who’ve accused President Donald Trump and Louis C.K. of abusing them.
- One of the women said she blamed herself for years.
- “I had a tremendous amount of self-blame until those women came forward and were published,” said Dominique Hewitt, who is among the dozens of women accusing Weinstein of abuse. “Then I kind of felt like wow, things are shifting. I can share this experience.”
- For others, the response from the public has been terrifying.
- “I’m getting death threats and I’m getting ripped apart and I’m getting all this free hate every single day,” said Rebecca Corry, who said C.K. asked her if he could masturbate in front of her.
- Still, there’s room for hope, McGowan said. When asked if she believed things were changing for women, she said: “Yes.”
- Trump and Weinstein have denied allegations against them. C.K. has admitted guilt.
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