1/4/18 – Due Process


The Me-Too movement isn’t slowing down.

Here’s what’s happening behind the headlines.

First, allow me to make it clear that I’m not speaking in favor of or against any alleged perpetrator.  Or victim.

The story broke weeks ago of rampant sexual misconduct – to include sexual assault – in Hollywood.  Since then, countless people have come forward in various industries making allegations.

Some stories are believable.  Others beg skepticism.

Here are a couple of points to keep in mind going forward.

Sexual misconduct in any form, at any time, anywhere is never acceptable.

Some alleged perpetrators may face their accusers in court.  The accused are presumed innocent while justice runs its course.  Due process is in order.

On the other hand, there is no due process in the court of public opinion.  Politicians and celebrities rise and fall based on what the public thinks.

Society must take every allegation seriously.  But let’s not automatically grant anonymity to every accuser.  Nor demand the immediate dismissal of everyone accused.  This could lead to false allegations used as weapons for any number of reasons.

Treating everyone with dignity and respect is such a simple concept.  Unfortunately, it’s a concept that far too many fail to carry-out.

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