The “Me Too” movement against sexual assault continues to gain momentum even months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal that erupted last year. Since Weinstein’s blacklisting, dozens and dozens of women (and a few men) have come forward to share their horrid experiences with sexual misconduct.
Another prominent male figure, actor and former NFL star Terry Crews, recently went public with his sexual assault story. On Tuesday, June 26th, 49-year-old Crews approached the Senate with his emotional testimony stressing the need for the Survivor’s Bill of Rights, reported USA Today.
Crews was groped by a successful male Hollywood agent — identified as Adam Venit — at a party in 2016. His first reaction was to be violent, but he restrained himself because he’s witnessed the unnecessary damage violence can cause in someone’s life.
Often recognized for being a large and strong man (towering at 6 ft. 3 in. and weighing roughly 245 pounds as a former linebacker), the actor faced harsh criticism for “not doing anything” in his situation.
Rapper and actor 50 cent, whose birth name is Curtis Jackson, was one of many who criticized Crews. According to Fox, Jackson shared a meme of Crews flexing his muscles with the words “I got raped” and “My wife just watched.”
However, many fans flocked to Crews’ side in support. In his testimony to the Senate, Crews emphasized that violence was not the answer — and his fans respected that.
In response to Jackson’s insensitive Tweet, Crews assured, “I prove that size doesn’t matter when it comes to sexual assault.”
Crews, widely recognized for his Christian faith, also took the high road by retweeting several supportive posts with prayer hands, love, and "God bless you" statements.
Watch a clip from Terry Crews’ emotional testimony below:
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