Rose McGowan Makes Powerful Speech At Detroit Women's Convention

The Charmed star just made her first public appearance since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, Rose McGowan attended the Women's Convention in Detroit, Mich. and delivered a moving speech about sexual harassment not just in Hollywood but across the country. "I have been silenced for 20 years. I have been slut-shamed. I have been harassed. I have been maligned and you know what? I'm just like you," McGowan told the crowd (via People). "What happened to me behind the scenes happens to all of us in society and it cannot stand and it will not stand."

"Hollywood may seem like it's an isolated thing, but it is not," she continued. "It is the messaging system for your mind. It is the mirror that you're given to look into. This is what you are as a woman. This is what you are as a man. This is what you are as a boy. Girl. Gay. Straight. Transgender. But it's all told through the 96 percent male Directors Guild of America. We are given one view, and I know the men behind that view. And they should not be in your mind...It's time to clean house."

McGowan, who admitted that all the Weinstein news has been "triggering," also told the crowd that she was there to be "the voice for all of us who've been told we are nothing" (via Rolling Stone).

The 44-year-old added,  "For all of us who have been looked down upon. For all of us who have been grabbed by the motherf***ing p****y, no more. Name it. Shame it. Call it out. Join me. Join all of us as we amplify each other's voices."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, McGowan was just one of the women who've accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault. In an article published by The New York Times detailing Weinstein's alleged 30 years of sexual misconduct, McGowan was named as one of the women who received a cash settlement from Weinstein following "an episode" in a hotel room in 1997. McGowan later publicly accused Weinstein of raping her.

Since dozens of other women have come forward with their own stories of harassment at the hands of Weinstein, McGowan has become something of a figurehead in the fight against sexual misconduct in society.