It’s the people we know and trust, not strangers, who are most likely to engage in harmful sexual behavior. There has been a tidal wave of accusations of sexual abuse committed against women and/or children from powerful men in media and politics including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and Roy Moore, the former judge running for Senator in Alabama’s special election, and there will probably be many more, spurred on by the #MeToo movement.
What makes these cases so maddening is that many people were aware of the accusations for decades, yet did nothing to address the sexual behaviors. Victims themselves, possibly out or shame or fear may keep their experiences as dark secrets, perhaps forever.
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Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D., is the inaugural director at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Why is it sexual harassment for high profile people when they do unwanted touching/groping in a sexual way and if an average everyday citizen does it then it sexual assault and they have to register for life?
I can not help but wonder how many of these accusations are false accusations based on a political agenda, on both sides of the political aisle.