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JK Rowling nails the huge problem with this viral sexual assault tweet

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The list of allegations against Harvey Weinstein is growing steadily longer, as more and more women come forward to accuse the Hollywood producer of sexual harassment, assault and misconduct. Many have asked how, if true, such a huge abuse of power could have been kept a secret for so long – and others have asked why, when victims did manage to come forward, many appear to have been silenced or ignored.

Despite it being 2017, however, there are some people who just can’t grasp the concept that the only person to blame in situations such as these is the perpetrator.

And JK Rowling, for one, is unwilling to stand for it.



Reacting to the Weinstein news, ex-Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka tweeted: “If Weinstein had obeyed @VP Pence's rules for meeting with the opposite sex, none of those poor women would ever have been abused.”

He is, of course, referring to Vice President Mike Pence’s claims that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife, and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.

The implications of this comment (which has since gone viral) are outstanding: it suggests that men have little to zero control over their own sexual urges, that women should assume every single member of the opposite sex without a partner by his side is a predator and that men and women should never be allowed to spend time alone together. Unless they intend to sleep together, of course.

And, if we follow Gorka’s warped way of thinking, those women who do choose to spend time alone with a man shouldn’t be surprised if he behaves in an inappropriate manner towards them. Instead, we should show his “uncontrollable” urges some consideration, and perhaps seek chaperones whenever possible.

It is, quite frankly, bulls**t.



Thankfully, Rowling is always here, and she pointed out the overwhelming problems with Gorka’s tweet for the benefit of the rest of the internet.

“If the only thing preventing a man from committing sexual assault is the presence of witnesses, he’s too dangerous to be at liberty,” she replied.

Unsurprisingly, Rowling has been lauded for her comment by the Twitter community, who have thanked the Harry Potter author for reminding men that there is never an excuse to commit sexual assault.

Weinstein has now been publicly accused of sexual harassment and/or assault by some 20 women, including Gwyneth PaltrowAngelina JolieCara DelevingneRomola GaraiLéa Seydoux and Asia Argento. Many of the women disclosed these revelations to reporters from The New Yorker and The New York Times, prompting others to come forward.

The disgraced producer, who has since been sacked from his own company and denies any allegations of non-consensual sex or “acts of retaliation” against those who refused alleged advances, has said in a statement via his spokesperson that he “has begun counselling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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