Los Angeles Times: ‘Weinstein trial is a milestone for #MeToo and a moment of wrenching truth for survivors’

January 22. 2020

ERA Equal Justice Works Fellow Kel O’Hara was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times about the effects of the Weinstein trial on survivors of sexual violence and harassment, especially queer and marginalized survivors, and survivors living in poverty.

Kel O’Hara, a fellow at the social justice nonprofit Equal Rights Advocates who is working to expand support for LGBTQ student survivors of gender-based violence and harassment, said the Weinstein trial demonstrates ‘how bad things have to be in order to build a criminal case.’

‘I think it really says something that it took almost 100 women, most with power, to come forward at once to make anything happen. We should celebrate the moment for what it is, but we should also think about how hard it is for people who will never get to this point,’ O’Hara said, adding that the marginalized and impoverished are more likely to experience the criminal justice system as an agent of inequity rather than a steward of fairness.

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