The country is reeling from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria — and now wild fires in the West.

But some disasters are unnatural and preventable.

It was horrifying to hear the chilling recording of the powerful and wealthy film producer, Harvey Weinstein, and a young model, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez. It literally made me ill.

Coercing anyone into sex using one’s powerful position is reprehensible and inexcusable. Those who strong-arm or bully women — or men — onto any type of “casting couch” should find themselves on a cold, hard bed in a prison cell.

Weinstein’s support for Planned Parenthood is telling. Silence by others is just as revealing.

All women’s organizations and political leaders should stand in solidarity against serial predators and stand for victims, especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Those who don’t stand for victims stand for predators. But victims should know that you are not alone. If someone tries to pressure you into sex against your will, you should know that he’s likely already done it to others and will do this again to someone else unless stopped.

Listen and trust your inner voice. Find the courage to stand up for yourself — and to prevent future abuse.

Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline ASAP.

We urge an investigation into exploitation of victims by the powerful in the entertainment industry, just as when professional athletes were accused and interviewed.

Because women deserve better,
Serrin M. Foster
President

PS: FFL Speaker Joyce McCauley-Benner learned that she was pregnant after being raped while in college and chose “Victory Over Violence.” Joyce has gone on to fight racism, poverty, and trafficking. Her other address, “Slaves Among Us: Sex Trafficking in the U.S.” is equally powerful and provides a light in the darkness. Please contact info@feministsforlife.org to book Joyce for your next event.