Finally, the next stage of the MeToo movement is coming to completion. At first I thought that only Bill Cosby would be found guilty, but now I have discovered that Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape. He is 67 years old, fragile and weak now, but that does not excuse any of the crimes he was alleged to have committed. Now they are trying to figure out the sentencing phase. For those of you who want to catch up, here is the article:
Abuse of power can still be rape. Granted, this man had a dynasty going on, but he used his position to prey on women. The real issue here is why did this take so long? How many others are going to stand trial as well? If they are found guilty, should they receive the maximin penalty? I am not a big fan of putting people with major health issues behind bars, but I also believe that no one should be allowed to be above the law. Bill Cosby is 81 and blind, but they had no problem at all sentencing him to 3 to 10 years. Weinstein’s situation could be a little tricky. He really doesn’t have a prior criminal record and his health is not good. That is the same thing as Cosby’s issue. However, his health was obviously great when he took advantage of these women. I am not trying to make an example of this man, but we need to protect our women from abusers. How can it deter this type of behavior if they only get a slap on the wrist during sentencing? What can women learn from this? The main thing is that hopefully this will change a way of thinking. Some men need to understand that you cannot abuse women and get away with it. Let’s see how the sentencing phase of this plays out, and let’s see if there are any other trials to follow. Everyone should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is the law. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Holly Robinson-Peete and Brett Jolly