2 women, 2 decisions: Going public on Harvey Weinstein

FILE – In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been revoked by its board. The decision was reached Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in an emergency session. It comes after recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein going back decades. The move by the Academy is virtually unprecedented. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Though scores of women have come forward to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, there may be many others who have decided against going public.

Advocates say that for victims of harassment or assault, the decision to do so can be fraught and delicate — even when the perpetrator is not famous and powerful.

Though Weinstein’s rapid downfall likely lessens the fear of retaliation, there remains the fear of being stigmatized. Attorney Gloria Allred has presented four alleged Weinstein victims before the cameras and says she has spoken to more than that who are not going public. And The Associated Press has spoken to one such young woman, who says she does not want the scandal to forever mark her career.

Weinstein has denied charges of non-consensual sex.

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