For the last couple of months, women have been bravely coming forward and denouncing abuse that has happened to them through the hands of very powerful men. Harvey Weinstein has been in the eye of the hurricane and his latest victim that is speaking out is Salma Hayek.
The actress chose to tell her story in the New York Times. “HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father, and a monster,” she says. Hayek says that people knew of the abuse and she was even asked to come forward with her story and that for years she had been cordial to a man who hurt her so deeply.
“When so many women came forward to describe what Harvey had done to them, I had to confront my cowardice and humbly accept that my story, as important as it was to me, was nothing but a drop in an ocean of sorrow and confusion. I felt that by now nobody would care about my pain — maybe this was an effect of the many times I was told, especially by Harvey, that I was nobody.”
It wasn’t until she started hearing about the millions of girls and women like her who’ve had the courage to speak out against these men. “I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women.”