What speaking out against Harvey did to my family - and why I ...

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What speaking out against Harvey did to my family - and why I did it anyway

As Weinstein is jailed, actress Alice Evans reveals the toll that sharing her story took on her loved ones

Alice Evans

I’m driving back from school drop-off on Tuesday through bright and sunny Los Angeles when I am jolted by the words “Harvey Weinstein”. I do what I always do when I hear that name on the radio or television: mute it. But then I remember what day it is, and my heartbeat quickens.

I pull over, turn off the ignition and turn the volume all the way up. “Producer Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison in New York for rape and sexual assault.”

Twenty-three years. Twenty-three years! That’s the entire life of River Phoenix. Or James Dean. My fear had been three, or six. I keep staring ahead, watching the traffic. Two-and-a-half years have passed since the first article appeared detailing the victims’ experiences at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. Now we have won. They – the six brave women who had their lives torn apart in a New York courtroom – have won. No one else will suffer at the hands of this man, and those who already have suffered can begin to heal...

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