“I Feel Free”: Weinstein Silence Breakers React to Sentence
The unwavering courage and powerful voices of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorria, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Laura Young led to Harvey Weinstein’s conviction of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree last month and today’s 23-year prison sentence.
Below, you can read reactions to today’s verdict from the Weinstein survivors in their own words.
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Mimi Haleyi: “He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances. When he attacked me that evening, it scarred me emotionally and physically. It diminished my confidence and faith in people, and my confidence and faith in myself.” She added, “I’m relieved he will now know he’s not above the law.”
Jessica Mann: “My rape was preventable. This was a known offender whose previous crimes were covered up in a paper trail. I am forced to carry that experience until I die. It is a recurring nightmare that I feel is just as real as when it happened.” She added, “I have found my voice and hope for a future where monsters no longer hide in our closet.”
Tarale Wulff: “I hope that the sentence sends a clear message that times have changed and that more women need to speak out for themselves and that men and women need to speak out for others. We need to show self-love and empathy to overcome centuries of illogical thinking that has normalized the sexual mistreatment of women. This is hopefully just the beginning. The conversation must continue.”
Dawn Dunning: “Just seeing someone like Harvey Weinstein, who was so powerful, spending a year, even a day in prison, is still shocking.”
Mira Sorvino: “I literally cried tears of amazement, gratitude that the justice system has worked on behalf of all of his victims today.”
Rosanna Arquette: “Gratitude to all the silence breakers especially Rose and all survivors of [W]einstein to the brave women who testified.”
Sarah Anne Masse: “This is the result of the brave women, the #SilenceBreakers, and especially the women who took the stand in this trial.”
Louisette Geiss: “23 years, Weinstein! This is the new reality I worked so hard for. Thank you to all [who] supported me and thanks to those who didn’t as it made me stronger. It’s not been easy at all but we did it!!”
Rowena Chiu: “23 YEARS!! WE DID IT!!”
Jessica Barth: “#JUSTICE”
Lucia Evans: “I feel free.”
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