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Weinstein has been found guilty. This is history

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24.02.2020

Well, it has happened. After three weeks of proceedings and five days of deliberation, Harvey Weinstein has been partially convicted. He’s facing more charges in Los Angeles, but as far as New York City’s concerned today, Weinstein is guilty of third-degree rape and sexual assault. He has also been acquitted on the most serious charges against him, which could have sent him in prison for the rest of his life.

For those – like me – who have spent the better part of the past month covering, analysing and thinking about the Weinstein trial, this verdict is somewhat of a surprise. The US justice system has a terrible track record when it comes to sexual assault. According to RAINN, one of the leading organisations against sexual violence, 995 out of 1,000 perpetrators walk free, due to under-reporting and other failings at the arrest and prosecution levels.

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The case against Weinstein rested exclusively on the testimonies of the women who have come forward against him, accusing him of rape, sexual assault, and other forms of misconduct. Week after week, women – “the silence breakers”, as they have called themselves – took the stand. Intimate details of their lives were offered up for public dissection. Cross-examination was an exhaustive, often brutal process. One woman, who accused Weinstein of raping her twice in 2013, became so distressed on the stand that the judge adjourned her testimony for the rest of the day.

More than 100 women have spoken out against Weinstein.........

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