Unanswered issues in #metoo movement

The #Metoo movement was knocked off the front page by the border wall dispute. Worthy of further discussion, there are unanswered issues.

The nature of the harassment is seldom reported, which would be helpful in judging its nature and severity. What to do with uncollaborated accusations, some decades-old?

What about the men accused of harassment in the media, immediately assumed guilty by the public without the benefit of a hearing? A well-timed scream or “get lost buster!” followed up by a complaint, might have resolved many of these occurrences.

Many of the #Metoo women have been public figures whose accusations received full coverage in the national media. Not to dismiss the trauma felt by harassment victims, it pales in comparison to the terror that must be felt by the 2 million anonymous women and girls who are physically abused every day. Many are battered, perhaps not surprising given our Congress did not outlaw wife-beating until 1920. Half a million are raped each day, about one per second, and almost 2,000 murdered, about five per day.

Among the industrialized world, we have the highest incidence of violence against women and girls, who lack any protection against abusive men. Restraining orders are ineffective and safe houses for battered women are temporary measures. It’s an epidemic that gets little attention from the media and none from a Congress concerned only with re-election.

Unlike harassment victims, murdered victims can’t say “me too,” so others must speak for them. To give them a voice, the #Metoo movement should be expanded to include the ignored women and girls who are victims of physical violence every day, sometimes with deadly consequences.

William Bryant


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