‘Pussies grab back’

Rose McGowan kicks off Women’s Convention with crowd-raising call to action

US actress Rose McGowan raises her fist during her opening remarks to the audience at the Women's March / Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 2017. (RENA LAVERTY/AFP/Getty Images)

Rose McGowan got the Women’s Convention in Detroit, off to a thunderous start on Friday in what reportedly marked her first public remarks since she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

“Thank you, Tarana Burke,” McGowan began, referring to the founder of the #MeToo campaign. “Thank you to all of you fabulous, strong, powerful Me Too’s. Because we are all Me Too’s … I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I’ve been maligned. And you know what? I’m just like you. Because what happened to me behind the scenes, happens to all of us in this society. And that cannot stand.”

McGowan, who following her suspension on Twitter started the hashtag #RoseArmy to call on other women to help her wage war against sexual assault, called on women to speak out together with “one massive collective voice.”

“It’s time to be whole. It’s time to rise … In the face of unspeakable actions, from one monster we look away to another. The head monster of all right now,” declared McGowan, in an apparent reference to Donald Trump, who has been accused by at least 17 women of sexual harassment or assault and infamously claimed that because he was a “star” he could “do anything” to women — even “grab them by the pussy.”

“It’s time to clean house,” said McGowan at the event, the first national women’s convention of its kind in 40 years. “I know I’m not alone because I’m just the same as the girl in the tiny town who was raped by the football squad … The Scarlet Letter is theirs. It is not ours. We are pure. We are strong. We are brave, and we will fight. Pussies grab back!” Below, watch a clip from her fiery speech.

Read her full speech at Deadline.


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