There are millions of men in this country having sleepless nights now. They are living in fear the woman or child they fondled or forced themselves on, will come forward and expose their dirty secret life. I used the number “millions” based on the fact there are 120 million men in this country, and nearly every woman has been a victim of a sexual predator, or a victim has confided in her the details of their assault.
THE PRACTICE of sexual assault and harassment of women has been pervasive in our culture forever. It is unspeakable, and a secret that a woman must deal with and carry with her throughout her lifetime. On the rare occasion when a female speaks out, she is humiliated and berated. After all, it is a “he said, she said,” occurrence and the sad truth is, a man’s word carries more weight than a woman’s. How many times have you heard, “She’s lying,” “She brought it on herself,” “He’s a Christian and wouldn’t do that.” And, “Why did she wait so many years to come forward?” As if that is proof the woman is lying. Now we have the latest term, “If it is true.”
I AM IN no way suggesting that every woman should be believed every time she makes an allegation of this nature against a man. No hard evidence will be presented (pardon the pun). Since it is his word against hers, we need to listen to her story, judge her sincerity, and question her motive. No woman in her right mind would subject herself to a public stoning, like most do in our society when they expose a respected man to such allegations. You, my fellow Americans, are the judge and jury in this type of situation and in far too many cases, the Defendant prevails and the Plaintiff faces a life of shame and disgrace.
IT HAS BEEN proven that one woman alone will not be believed, or if they are, the man comes out unscathed. In October, 2004, a lawsuit was filed by Bill O’Reilly’s Associate Producer of Fox News. She had recorded phone calls as evidence—remember the Loofah incident? O’Reilly gave her a 9 million- dollar settlement and it was forgotten. He lost no viewers. Thirteen years later, multiple women came out with their story about Bill O’Reilly. We don’t know exactly how many, but we know that Fox News and O’Reilly had paid out at least $50 million dollars to make these allegations go away. We all know that if that amount of money was paid, there was evidence. It wasn’t until the network was feeling pressure from advertisers that they fired him. Recently, O’Reilly appeared on Fox News’ Hannity Show. He’s worming his way back in.
WE ARE making slow progress. We gasped as Bill Cosby’s ugly deeds were exposed by 60 accusers. Too many women to sweep under the rug. We now have Harvey Weinstein, a big -time Hollywood producer exposed after forty years. He was a career maker, or a career breaker. We found out his proclivities were an open secret in Hollywood. Eighty (80) accusers came forward. Kevin Spacey’s activities were exposed by 15 accusers. Mark Halperin former political director at ABC, 12 accusers. There’s more, and they are dropping like flies as women are empowered to speak out.
IT WOULD appear that I have built a case that only those men with multiple accusers will be ousted from their position of power, but I have not. What is the magic number of women you must have to believe the charges? How many years is it too late to expose someone? The answer is--It depends on who you are. Ex-Judge Roy Moore, kicked off the State Supreme Court twice in Alabama, has been accused of sexual contact with a 14 year-old girl when he was a grown man—age 32. As an Assistant DA, he told the young girl’s mother that he would watch her while she testified in a custody trial. He took her to his home in the woods. Two other underaged girls have come forward. There are 30 other witnesses. An Assistant District Attorney that worked with Moore at that time said “everyone knew he went to malls and places like that to find young girls.” Nobody witnessed anything but everyone knew. He was allowed to move up the political chain. Now he wants to be a Senator, one of the most powerful people in our country. One small problem, he’s accused of being a pedophile. It is only a small problem because legislators and residents of Alabama are ignoring their morals and principles and are willing to give him a pass. They had rather elect a pedophile than vote for a Democrat. Why? What has happened to our country?
THIS ISN’T the first time the people have seen the true colors of a person and elected him to the high office —President Trump. Eleven (11) women came forward and all had compelling stories of sexual assault over the past 30 years. Then there was the Access Hollywood tape where Trump said in his own words what he does to women. So many things are being normalized since Trump came on the scene. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and pedophilia must not be condoned or normalized, no matter what the political ramifications are. Think about this: If your beautiful 14 year-old daughter had the opportunity to spend an hour alone with Roy Moore or Donald Trump, would you let them?
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