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In light of the recent “Me, Too” movement, which started to become big in Hollywood with many women speaking out about famous producer Harvey Weinstein, countless women across the nation have come forward with their own sexual assault experience. With all of the sexual assault allegations going around, it’s important to really define what sexual assault is and that it can happen between anyone, not just between men and women.
As printed in Newsweek, on Dec.4, 2017, singer Timothy Heller accused “The Voice” pop-star Melanie Martinez of sexually assaulting her. Heller tweeted the story of her friendship with Martinez, and how one night when they were staying together, Martinez had sex with Heller despite her allegedly saying no to any sexual advances.
“Just so there is no confusion, I was molested by my best friend,” Heller claimed in her initial tweet and has since been reported by major news networks such as CNN. She continues to ask readers to imagine if Martinez had been a man and how people would react differently.
“Girls can rape girls. Best friends can rape best friends. Friendship does not equal consent.”
Martinez has since tweeted her own response saying that everything she and Heller did was consensual, and that Heller “never said no to anything we chose to do together.” Of course, as many Twitter users said in response to Martinez’s response, just because she didn’t say no doesn’t mean she consented.
As of now there is no actual proof that Martinez is guilty other than Heller’s statement. And it will probably never be clear if the allegation is true. I didn’t want to write this accusing anyone of rape or lying, because there is not enough evidence to really accuse anyone. I do think that this story should be shared, because it does show that men are not the only ones guilty of sexual assault, although most of the allegations are against men.
This story helps reinforce the real goal of this movement. It’s to give people a voice that have previously been silenced for whatever reason, whether they felt like no one would believe them or they just felt like they couldn’t due to whatever position they were in.