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Terry Crews: 'Men Need to Hold Other Men Accountable'

From TIME - December 6, 2017

When dozens of women came forward with sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinsteinwho has continued to deny all allegations of non-consensual sexactor Terry Crews noticed that some people on Twitter were skeptical. Crews knows from personal experience how hard it is to experience harassment and muster the courage to speak out: He says he was groped by William Morris Endeavor agent Adam Venit at an industry event in front of his wife. The agency said they suspended and demoted Venit, who declined to comment for this article. He has since returned to work. Crews is now suing Venit and the agency for sexual assault.

Crewswho was recognized as one of the Silence Breakers, TIMEs Person of the Yearrealized that men had a responsibility to lend credence and support to these womens claims. Almost without thinking through the consequences, Crews tweeted out his own story; in his viral series of tweets, he became one of the first men to join the chorus of women speaking out about harassment.

Crews spoke to TIME about the reception to his story and why its imperative that men advocate for womens rights.

What was the moment you decided to speak out about what happened to you?

Id actually just read a comment someone made on Twitter about one of Weinsteins accusers. It went something like: Shes just looking for attention and a payday. It really affected me. I couldnt stop thinking about it. I remember going to my phone and I started writing. And I couldnt stop. What it became was this sixteen-tweet missive from me. I just remember having to say what I felt. I was really angry because these women were being discounted. These women were being discarded. Their pain was justit was nothing. I wanted to join in. I wanted to say something. I wanted to support. But I did have to let these women know they werent alone. And that I understood. My whole mission was to give them strength. Dont accept the shame that people are giving you. Because thats what it was. They were being shamed. They were being victimized again. I just couldnt stand for it.

Watch: Why the Silence Breakers Are the 2017 Person of the Year

What was the reaction like?

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