Strip Harvey Weinstein of his honorary CBE
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In the past two weeks, testimonies of over 50 women, an audio tape, a confession, and ongoing criminal cases, suggest that Harvey Weinstein has committed counts of serious sexual assault and harassment over a period that spanned 3 decades.
Whilst Weinstein has been expelled from The Academy (the Oscars), he still holds numerous awards and honours, including an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire ) from 2004 for his 'outstanding contribution to the British film industry'.
By remaining silent and allowing Weinstein to retain his CBE, it only reaffirms the idea that perpetrators of sexual assault not only get away with it, but are actually celebrated.
That's why I'm calling for the Honours Committee, chaired by Sir Jonathon Stephens, to strip Harvey Weinstein of his honorary CBE.
As a sexual assault survivor, I have found these weeks incredibly moving - with a wave of friends, family, celebrities, and strangers sharing their #metoo stories; it feels like a watershed moment and, like many, I have felt a little bit less alone this week because of it. We are extremely angry about what has emerged and at the same time feel positive that a light is being shed on sexual violence.
The discussion started by the Weinstein case, shouldn’t be forgotten. That’s at the core of why I started the petition: to keep this going and make sure that anger online against sexual violence translates into strong, definitive action and to let decision-makers know what we think. It’s about asking ourselves whether we want Weinstein to be recorded in the history books, as someone to be celebrated or someone to be condemned.
The UK must not silently condone sexual harassment and assault or the culture in which it happens.
Please sign and share this petition (along with the hashtag #WeinsteinHasNoHonour) to let the Honours Committee that perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault have no place in the UK honours system or our society!
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