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Statement of the National Crime Victim Bar Association on the Harvey Weinstein Guilty Verdict

February 26, 2020 

STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL CRIME VICTIM BAR ASSOCIATION ON THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN GUILTY VERDICT

Over 80 survivors stood in strength and unity to speak out against a serial abuser. Eighty incredibly brave women faced not only their abuser, but a barrage of attacks in the media and victim-blaming in the courts.

We are hopeful that the conviction of Harvey Weinstein marks a turning page in treatment of survivors of sexual assault and rape, and is the beginning of the path to justice for all victims. It reaffirms that the rule of law still prevails in the United States but also proves how difficult it has been for survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence to obtain a measure of justice.

It should not take over 80 victimized women over decades of abuse to stop one known predator.  Unfortunately our corporate institutions have fostered a culture that protects the powerful.  We hope this is the beginning of the end of that culture.

The National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA) is proud of our partners at Voices in Action, led by Jessica Barth, and is grateful for their courage.  We are committed to providing support to these victims, and all victims, as they seek justice and the healing that they deserve.

Our members take on the bullies and corporate abusers.  With the renewed awareness of the public, and the heroic willingness of women and men to speak truth to power, we will see a new day in America.

If you are the victim of sexual assault, the National Sexual Assault hotline (1-800-656-4673) can provide resources. For other resources or to request an attorney, you may also go to the NCVBA homepage at: https://victimbar.org/attorney-referral-request-form.

John Elliott Leighton, President
National Crime Victim Bar Association
John@Leightonlaw.com

Renee Williams, Director
National Crime Victim Bar Association
rwilliams@victimsofcrime.org

SGT Partner Paul A. Slager is on the Board of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.