I’ve always heard that its damn near sacrilege to speak ill of the old, but fuck Rep. John Conyers and Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons and Matt Lauer. I’m so tired of hearing how bad they feel, or how poorly they are doing in the wake of allegations that they violated women.
I don’t care if they get treatment or are seeking spiritual counseling. I don’t care that they are leaving the jobs that allegedly allowed them to use their positions of power to prey on women. I don’t care that some of them are willing to admit, now, after being called out by the brave women—who most times wish to remain anonymous out of fear, shame and embarrassment—that they have a problem.
So I really don’t care that Conyers, 88, has been hospitalized in the Detroit area, suffering from stress. It just so happens that his hospitalization comes on the heels of the appearance on NBC’s Today show of one of the women who accused the congressman of sexual harassment.
I’m sure many of the women he reportedly sexually harassed suffered intensely stressful moments. I’m sure they endured sleepless nights and full-on crying sessions in a therapist’s office. I’m getting tired of learning how the men who have stalked, cornered and forced themselves on women are holding up after the women found the courage to speak to their trauma.
“I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone, and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital. He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age,” political consultant Sam Riddle said, according to WDIV Click on Detroit. “The congressman’s health is not what it should be, and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault.”
Media assault? Is that the assault that began after Conyers’ reported continual sexual harassment?
“It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guys discussing business and then propositioning me for sex,” Marion Brown told Today. “He just violated my body, he has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional.”
So Conyers isn’t having a good time of it, but here’s to hoping he gets better, because I think some of the other women he reportedly harassed have something to say.
Read more at WDIV Click on Detroit.