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A huge win for #MeToo movement: Harvey Weinstein verdict could change the way US legal system views assault

The Harvey Weinstein conviction is a morale booster for women everywhere in the world.

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Last Updated: Feb 27, 2020, 08.59 AM IST
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The verdict is expected to change the way the US legal system views sexual assault, historically considered difficult to prove.
The verdict is expected to change the way the US legal system views sexual assault, historically considered difficult to prove.
The conviction of former movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape in a New York court on Monday is a win for the #MeToo movement that encourages women to expose men who abused their positions of power for sexual gratification. The verdict is expected to change the way the US legal system views sexual assault, historically considered difficult to prove. It does not have the same direct effect on other legal systems.

Nevertheless, it will have demonstrative value across the world, and embolden women victims to arraign sexual predators even after long delays. Retrospective justice for past misconduct will be helpful to prevent future harassment. Countries such as India need a functional judicial system to bring abusers to justice.

Reportedly, after the #MeToo movement made it to India, organisations have started taking complaints of sexual harassment seriously. This is welcome. The law dealing with sexual harassment at the workplace must be enforced effectively. Organisations should create work environments that are safe for women.

Patriarchy shows up in sexual assault, underscoring the need to address societal and cultural values that promote misogyny. However, the law and the judicial process must be fair and ensure that those making false allegations are not spared either.

From Harvey Weinstein To Bill Cosby's Trials & Convictions: #TimesUp Sends Clear Message

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Hollywood's Walk Of Shame

27 Apr, 2018
It all started with Harvey Weinstein in 2017 and four months in to 2018 and now with Bill Cosby's conviction, things are certainly looking up for the #MeToo movement. The number of cases of sexual harassment in Hollywood that have come to light since 2017 has been outstanding. It could also be called the 'Weinstein Effect'. Many of the women who spoke out against Weinstein -- Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan -- are famous names. 2018 has been no different and in a breakthrough trial, after decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls - and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America's Dad - Bill Cosby could be headed to prison at age 80 for the remainder of his life. Cosby's conviction will only bolster the #MeToo movement. But they weren't alone, it was almost like a Pandora's Box was opened and a lot of names came out. Let's look at all the accused men:
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