As a strategy, it could work, but it shouldn’t.
Jian Ghomeshi got off the hook because the women he beat responded to him, and he kept those emails as an insurance policy.
Weinstein seems to be using a similar strategy.
Just because someone you abused has any kind of contact with you after the fact, doesn’t mean the assault didn’t happen or wasn’t an assault.
Let us remember one crucial fact: there have been abusive men who killed their wives, and they do not get off the hook for the murder just because the woman stayed with him.
Women go back to abusers. They often keep dating them, marrying them, having children with them, and pleading to police not to take their abuser away.
The “Marry-your-rapist” laws have been around for a long time in various places. We glorified it for decades, especially Hollywood.
We are consistent with our messages. We really don’t take the psychology of abuse when it comes to these issues. Young women get abused, blame themselves, go back, and often end up in a pine box. When it gets to that extreme, then we get 48 Hours or Dateline NBC to chronicle what a horrible man the killer was for being so abusive as he gets a life sentence.
If he doesn’t go that far, then we blame the woman, as the judge lets him go free.
We have enough academic literature out there to have an educated guess how the dynamics of abuse work.
It would be a very good time to confront it and start making the most of it…