Terry Crews Condemns ‘Toxic Masculinity’ During Sexual Assault Testimony

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Terry Crews going public on his sexual assault by William Morris Endeavor’s Adam Venit last October added a male voice to the #MeToo movement. However, Crews has been humiliated for his activism, pointedly by 50 Cent and Russell Simmons, who is accused of raping several women. Sharing a now-deleted meme of the actor via Instagram, 50 Cent had mocked him for his sexual assault claim. “LOL,What the f— is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear,” the rapper wrote, including a laughing emoji, “they would have had to take me to jail.” Many noticed Russell Simmons’ laughing emoji comment too. On Tuesday, Crews had condemned “toxic masculinity” while speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning proposed legislation known as the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights.

Crews began the testimony by introducing himself. “I am an actor, author, former athlete, advocate and a survivor of a sexual assault,” he said. “Hollywood definitely has been a problem area, simply because so many people who view this as a dream. And what happens is, someone has power over these dreams … you get tricked into thinking that this type of behavior is expected, that it’s part of the job, that this harassment, abuse, even rape, is part of your job description.”

“The assault lasted only minutes, but what he was effectively telling me while he held my genitals in his hand was that he held the power. That he was in control.”

He added, “This is how toxic masculinity permeates culture. As I shared my story, I was told over and over that this was not abuse. This was just a joke. This was just horseplay. But I can say one man’s horseplay is another man’s humiliation. And I chose to tell my story and share my experience to stand in solidarity with millions of other survivors around the world.”