#MeToo and the Need for the Truth
In this era of hyper-partisanship, you have to wonder if anyone is interested in the truth. The truth seems to be more relative with each passing day.
I will be the first to say that sexual harassment is wrong. But the question is — With the number of allegations thrown out across the media recently, can anyone definitively state what sexual harassment is?
The answer is a resounding no.
As someone who has sat through many corporate mandated training sessions on sexual harassment, I would tell you that they are nothing more than a stating/restating of guidelines without definitive criteria ever being provided.
Sexual assault or rape is a crime. There is no denying that. If a woman is assaulted or raped, then the person who did it should be tried, convicted, and sentenced to jail. But in recent days, no one who is accusing someone of sexual harassment or assault seems interested in that either. Why is that?
If you are a victim of a crime, don’t you deserve justice? Wouldn’t you want to pursue it?
Doesn’t seem so anymore.
Your motives are questioned, your life is scrutinized to no end — especially if you go to the media before you go to the police or to a judge. There are so many examples — just about every man in Hollywood, state politicians, etc. — but the one with the highest profile is of course the allegations against Donald Trump.
There have been a number of women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment, assault, and rape.
If any one of these allegations are true (or all of them), then that is a truly horrible thing.
But no one seems interested in the truth. None of these women seem interested in actually pursuing justice for what was allegedly done to them.
Why isn’t there a pending court case? Why aren’t they seeking their day in court? Because —
Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Toppling Powerful Men. Why Not Donald Trump? (Source)
Good question. Charges against a sitting President would have been front page news until the case was completed — but his presidency would have been over. There would have been no return from that politically.
But that does not seem to be what these allegations are about.
Think about that one. How can she actually in good conscious do that? (Her mother — Gloria Allred — couldn’t.)
Is she really in this to find out the truth?
Probably not. According to The Hill, Lisa Bloom —
“… sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets…”
“… efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000…”
So, this is about money. But what about the “donor”? Political donors? It would seem so.
“…including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.”
So much for the truth. It was lost in a search for money and politics. Don’t believe me.
Democrats to invite sex misconduct victims to Trump’s State of the Union (Source)
But not any of the Trump accusers. Why not?
“…there had been discussion about bringing women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct to the nationally televised address but that the idea was scuttled.
“That was killed,” one of the congresswomen said, declining to say who put the kibosh on it.
“…uncertainty within Democratic ranks over where to draw the line between addressing sexual misconduct and turning the topic into a partisan political war.”
Too late. And the search for the truth was lost with it.
Real victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape will be the ones who suffer because of it.