Looking back on the legacy of the Kobe Bryant rape case: On June 30, 2003, a 19-year-old concierge entered Bryant’s hotel room. “Just five minutes later, the woman exited the room, disheveled and reportedly distraught. Her underwear was bloody, as was Bryant’s shirt…”
“Nearly 13 years later, it’s safe to say that Kobe’s image is just fine. Last year, he was 10th on the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes, and between broadcasting and endorsements, coaching and management, his future is filled with opportunities all over the world.”
This writer tried to warn women about Jian Ghomeshi — the ensuing Internet abuse nearly destroyed her life.
Women are losing the ability to exercise their right to free speech, thanks to the unbridled sexist abuse they now face online. Jessica Valenti writes on being the most targeted contributor on The Guardian staff:
“I’m not as worried for myself, though, as I am for younger women who have grown up seeing the harassment that female writers endure. I speak at colleges frequently, and at every one I visit at least one young woman comes to me with the same concern: she wants to be a writer but says she doesn’t have the stomach for the online abuse.”
Can we just turn off the Internet? I’d be so down with that.