Like most things Shonda Rhimes creates, her idea for a “town hall” to support sexual assault survivors knocks it out of the park.
Following a recent announcement that Bill Cosby — who was on trial for aggravated indecent assault stemming from an incident 13 years ago — would begin hosting a tour of “town halls” to teach men how to avoid sexual assault accusations and situations, the television powerhouse took to Twitter to offer her own counter programing:
From Shonda’s Town Hall on Avoiding Sexual Assault Charges: 1)Do not sexually assault anyone. 2)Shut up-this attention belongs to survivors.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) June 23, 2017
Unlike Bill Cosby’s seriously misguided attempt to improve his image after a mistrial in his sexual assault case last week, Rhimes’ tweet Friday about sexual assault brings the focus back to survivors.
“Shut up – this attention belongs to survivors,” Rhimes tweeted.
This is a stark change from Cosby’s town halls, which ignores the victims of assault. One Cosby rep said, “A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point could be considered sexual assault and it’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”
Instead, like a rational person, she suggested “do not sexually assault anyone,” instead of finding ways to shift the focus.
Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, including Andrea Constand who said Cosby drugged and raped her at his home in Pennsylvania.