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#WhereIPutMyself Goes Viral After Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer Gives A Victim-Blaming Interview

Social media had a powerful response.

By Sukriti Wahi
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In what might be a powerful continuation of the #MeToo movement, #WhereIPutMyself has gone viral on Twitter following an interview with Harvey Weinstein's lawyer, Donna Rotunno.
The interview, led by Megan Twohey—one of the reporters who broke the original story about Weinstein for The New York Times—was released on the aforementioned publication's podcast series The Daily on February 7, 2020, under the episode name, "The Woman Defending Harvey Weinstein".
The fire-starting moment in question came towards the latter half of their conversation, when Twohey asked Rotunno whether she had ever been sexually assaulted, to which Rotunno said:
"I have not. Because I would never put myself in that position."
Twohey pressed for clarification, asking, "So you're saying that you have never been sexually assaulted because you would never put yourself in the position of being sexually assaulted?"
Rotunno's stance, however, was clear. "I've always made choices, from college age on, where I never drank too much, I never went home with someone I didn't know, I just never put myself in any vulnerable circumstance ever," she said.
The victim-blaming response quickly drew an emotional reaction on Twitter, most notably from Rachael Denhollander, an American lawyer and former gymnast, who seemingly started the hashtag #WhereIPutMyself.
"Weinstein's attorney says she's never been abused because she 'wouldn't put herself in that position'," she wrote.
"Tell Weinstein's lawyer what position you 'put yourself in.'"
What followed was an onslaught of poignant and heartbreaking tweets, with survivors of sexual assault taking to the platform to share their stories.
Here are just some of their powerful responses.
You can listen to Twohey's complete interview with Rotunno on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.