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Clear Your Diaries, The Weinstein Company Just Waived EVERY Non-Disclosure Agreement They Have With Harvey's Accusers

Buckle up boys and girls, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

Weinstein Co. this week declared bankruptcy on Harvey Weinstein’s 66th birthday, and more importantly, announced it would release all employees, victims, and witnesses of Harvey’s alleged behaviour from their non-disclosure agreements.

Finally, an opportunity for these individuals to have their stories heard and their trauma acknowledged.

There’s no doubt the #metoo and #timesup sphere is about to take another intense turn, but at least this time, it’s all for the higher purpose of speaking the truth, creating awareness, and instigating change.

Now that these signed documents have officially been chucked in the bin (right where Harvey belongs) – there’s no telling how many harrowing stories will emerge in the coming months.

A statement from Weinstein Co., which also mentioned the bankruptcy announcement, explained the ultimate goal of abolishing the NDA’s was to help victims cooperate with those investigating the claims.

“No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet… the courageous individuals who have already come forward, your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world.”

The news has been welcomed by Harvey’s victims, as well as New York State Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman, who last month filed a lawsuit on behalf of Weinstein’s employees.

Schneiderman believes the lifting of the NDAs is a major first step addressing the effects of sexual misconduct in the workplace, and says it will “finally enable voices that have for too long been muzzled to be heard.”

Although some women have already spoken out despite the NDAs, others have hidden their identities while discussing Weinstein because they’ve  literally been scared for their lives (not to mention lawyers can be really intimidating).

Just how many new claims will be revealed is yet to be seen, and the extent of these claims could vary in degree.

Either way – victims speaking out need support and understanding, not accusations about cashing in on 15 minutes of fame.

In filing for bankruptcy, Weinstein Co is basically doing everything it can to repair its tarnished reputation and salvage what little clout they have left, but guys, word to the wise – it ain’t much. In fact, it’s zero.

There are now rumblings that Weinstein Co. is in talks to finalise an agreement with an affiliate of Lantern Capital Partners if the courts allow it.

According to Deadline, Lantern Asset Management is offering $US310 million in cash for the company assets, $125 million in assumption of liabilities, and $15 million in “fees related to current projects.”

Despite everything that has happened, and the hundreds of accusations, claims, and testimonials from victims – Weinstein (who was fired last year) still denies any and all accusations of non-consensual sex.

In light of this, please allow me to present you with a birthday message from Rose McGowan (who was the first to speak out against Weinstein last year).

The actress had a special message for the former CEO this week, and I can’t help but feel the need to emulate her sentiment and shout it from the rooftops.

Rihanna Couldn’t Care Less About Your Apology, Snapchat

Hands up if you think Snapchat’s life expectancy is reaching ‘cockroach on the floor next to a boot’ kind of levels?

Between racist gifs, counter-intuitive app updates, and jokes about domestic violence – Snapchat has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.

While the social media app has apologised for an insensitive and damaging ad that encouraged gamers to answer whether they’d rather ‘slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown, their empty words weren’t enough for many of us  – and especially not Rihanna.

In the wise words of Kath and Kim, “blow it out your arse” Snapchat.

The singer, who has 61 million followers on Instagram, took to the social media platform to call out Snapchat, saying the app had let her and victims of domestic violence down.

Rihanna lays down the law.

Rihanna’s last line was particularly applaud-worthy, calling on the organisation “throw the whole app-oligy away.”

Sing it, girl.

Since Rihanna’s post, Snapchat has reportedly lost close to $US800 million, with users and celebrity influencers happily waving goodbye to the social media platform.

Shares in Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat, have dropped 5% since Rihanna’s statement, and the value of the company appears to be decreasing each day.

Yep, it seems poor choices have real consequences Snapchat, and it’s time you tried this novel idea on for size: listen up and give your users the respect they deserve.

 

In Australia, 2-5 assaults reported to police in 2016 were family or domestic violence-related, and intimate partner violence was the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.

Domestic violence at home, and overseas, is no joking matter. It’s incredibly disappointing that victims like Rihanna are burdened with the extra responsibility of reminding powerful and influential global companies that it’s not OK to turn trauma into a joke for money (or any reason for that matter).

So, will Rihanna’s words lead to the platform losing another billion dollars or more in value, just like they did when Kylie Jenner vocalised her thoughts on the app?

I’d put money on it.

Evan Rachel Wood Details Sexual Assaults and Rapes To Congress In Heartbreaking Speech

“Rape is often not just a few minutes of trauma but a slow death”

Evan Rachel Wood has delivered a powerful and gut-wrenching testimony to congress in the hopes of raising awareness of sexual assault and violence towards women.

The Westworld actress appeared at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington D.C. as a representative of the 25 million sexual assault survivors in the US, who experience inequality and a lack of basic civil rights on a daily basis.

The intense speech saw a tearful but defiant Evan detail her personal experiences of abuse, rape, and torture before a House Judiciary subcommittee, in the hopes of ensuring the Obama-era ‘Sexual Assault Survivor’ Bill of Rights Act passes in all US states.

While a federal ‘Survivors’ Bill of Rights passed in 2016 with unanimous support from Congress, it only applied to nine out of 50 US states.

The bill in question focuses on access to examinations, and the preservation of rape kits for survivors, so that victims in federal crime cases have access to forensic evidence. It’s for these reasons and more that Evan and a legion of supporters are fighting to provide  dignity and support to survivors of rape and sexual assault across all remaining 41 states.

Fighting back tears, Evan expressed the need to care for all survivors under law. “It’s a safety net that may help save someone’s life one day and even though we passed this bill at a federal level, there is still work to be done,” she said. “This is called progress and it starts here.”

Evan Rachel Wood

During the congressional hearing, Evan spoke of her own trauma and how it affected, and still affects her life to this day. “I was deeply terrified and that fear lives with me today,” she said. “I felt a piece of me disappear, a piece that has never returned, in other words, I was not fine, and I am not fine.”

Evan strikes multiple powerful points in her message, including the fact that the aftermath of rape is a huge part of the ongoing conversation surrounding sexual assault that deserves attention. She adds that these incidents may seem like just a few minutes, but the trauma and the repercussions of abuse last a lifetime.

Joining Evan at the Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing were fellow activists Amanda Nguyen of RiseNowUS, Lauren Libby, and a representative of RAINN – America’s largest anti-sexual violence organisation. Each woman provided their own testimonies in the hopes of giving a voice to those who have been silenced.

Since Evan’s speech on February 27, a legion of fans, supporters, and celebrity friends have come out praising the actress for her bravery, honesty, and dedication to the cause.

To Evan and all the amazing women by her side, THANK YOU for sharing your stories with the world. This is the first step toward change, and forces those in power to examine the way they handle assault, as well as conversations with survivors after the fact. We hope the progress that follows powerful moments like this, filter through to women throughout the world.

To view all of the powerful and important testimonies of the day, check out the video below.

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