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I cringe when I hear people, men and women alike, ask why it takes victims and survivors of sexual assault “so long” to come forward. It’s a question steeped in futility. There is no timetable for healing or sharing your greatest violation.

And more often than not, there’s the very likely possibility that no one will believe you, that you’ll be ostracized after coming forward, that both your personal and professional life will be affected.

That’s what seems to be happening to Terry Crews right now.

After accusing famed Hollywood agent Adam Venit of grabbing him at a Hollywood party, in front of his wife, Crews has had to defend himself ever since.

Venit came out denying the allegations. Russell Simmons, who is in the midst of his own sexual assault/rape allegation controversy, encouraged Crews to drop it and move on. And now, Crews is convinced that someone affiliated with Venit has bugged his house.

Shaking.My.Head.

Terry Crews becomes more and more admirable to me each day. Y’all know how claiming you’re being followed and bugged has the potential to make you sound. Crazy. And I’m sure that’s what Venit and his company are attempting to accomplish. Still, the thought that a man with a billion dollar company would resort to something like this is not unusual and certainly not unattainable. Whatever’s going on, I hope that Crews and his family come out stronger and protected.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
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