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The Judge told me I was lucky to be alive

The Judge told me I was lucky to be alive

Op-Ed: One lesson from the Weinstein case is that men like me must speak out about abuse. It is not OK to cover it up or silence victims. Read this story by former U.S. Attorney Ken K. Hoagland Jr. to learn about how men in positions of power, including myself, have been willing to do just this.

Ken Hoagland Jr., a former U.S. attorney, is the author of the bestselling book, “My Year of Living Dangerously: The True Story of an Unlikely Battle to Stop the Next 9/11.”

At my sentencing, the judge told me that I was lucky. She told me that I might not get the maximum sentence, but she could not sentence me to what she was hoping I would get, which was 30 years in prison, because that is the longest sentence she could give me without giving me life in prison.

But, the judge told me I was lucky, not only because she believed me, but also because he believed me. She should have sent me to prison for 20 years, she said. Instead, she said I deserved to be free, if only because she believed me.

I’m lucky to be alive. I’m lucky, and grateful, that the judge believes me, even if it costs me my freedom.

This past September, a movie producer named Louis D. Bechdel released a film called “Dykes to Watch Out For.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The film is not quite a documentary, in the old sense of the word, and it is not entirely aimed at the general public, but its purpose is to alert moviegoers about recent research on gender-based stereotypes and pornography.”

As a self-described “porn and gender-fascism aficionado,” I watched the film with great interest. But before the movie, I

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