Gwendolyn Purdom
Updated Jan 05, 2018 @ 4:59 pm

Bravery is contagious. Anthony Rapp — the actor who accused Kevin Spacey of making unwanted sexual advances toward him in 1986 when Rapp was only 14 — says he found the strength to come forward about his experience with Spacey more than 30 years later after so many women came forward before him.

The Star Trek: Discovery actor told British magazine Attitude that he decided to speak out because other sexual harassment and assault survivors were speaking out — and the world was actually starting to listen.

Rapp going public with his accusations against Spacey in an interview with BuzzFeed News, in turn, inspired others who’d been afraid to go public to share their experiences. Eight House of Cards employees soon came forward with their own accounts of abuse. Then, Richard Dreyfuss’s son Harry said Spacey had groped him with his father in the room. The Old Vic theater in London launched a full investigation into Spacey’s behavior and found 20 allegations against him. And Spacey was fired from House of Cards and completely edited out of the just-completed All the Money in the World.

Clearly, the momentum of the #MeToo movement that encouraged Rapp to break his silence has continued to make an impact.

That power to create change in a system that has long been stacked in predators’ favor isn’t lost on Rapp. The actor says he’s been moved by how much support he’s gotten in the past four months, and he hopes the self-reflection that’s now gripping Hollywood continues and stretches further:

Here’s hoping Anthony Rapp’s journey from inspired to inspiring keeps it going.