Rose McGowan is urging the media to stop using the word “alleged” when women come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
McGowan has been one of the most outspoken accusers against Harvey Weinstein over the past few months and recently led a roundtable discussion with other female accusers in which she argued the media should change the way they approach allegations. A teaser of the full discussion for New York Magazine was released by “Today” and posted by Page Six on Wednesday.
“My beef is really with all the people who are complicit,” McGowan said, having recently accused Meryl Streep of knowing of Weinstein’s behavior and remaining silent. “It’s the first time in history women are being believed. Even though we get slagged.”
“I would challenge the media to stop using the word alleged,” she added, with agreement from the other women in the discussion.
McGowan was joined by several other alleged victims of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape. Among the women in the room were many of those who have accused Donald Trump, Louis C.K. and others of sexual misconduct in various forms.
While McGowan and these women may want the media to stop using alleged, it would be reckless for any outlet to stop doing so. Despite the horrifying nature of the allegations, that is what they will remain until the claims are proven.