Why the sudden surge in sexual misconduct accusations?

Thursday , November 30, 2017 - 6:00 AM10 comments

The current surge, perhaps a tsunami, of allegations of sexual misconduct causes me to wonder if we are on the verge of a moral reformation or an endless chain of revelations of bad behavior. The floodgates have burst and women are coming forward with stories of sexual abuse in Congress, the media and the entertainment industry. You might speculate that a lot of men are as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs because many of these charges are alleged to have happened decades ago, and while they may be true, you are left to wonder – why now?

The reasons may also be speculated upon. One might give some credence to the notion that the recent decline in “Clinton Power” has freed the abused to come forward. Other more recent cases such as the acts of an Alabama senatorial candidate, a sitting senator, a movie mogul and a media commentator have boosted the courage of women who have been abused.

In our politically correct society we are referring to these acts as “sexual misconduct, abuse, harassment,” and other descriptives, and the acts fall under different definitions. But the common thread is men behaving badly when in positions of power. Beneath that is disrespect for women and the belief you can get away with it. It also shows a weakness in moral values.

We shouldn’t take false comfort thinking that women played no role in this debacle. It truly takes two to tango — if not willingly, then perhaps it’s because a woman lacked the courage to stop an abusive situation. The objective of sexual abuse is just that — sex, which often leads to pregnancy. So a critical question is, how do so many women become unwed mothers? Is it by force or willingly? And what are root causes of promiscuous sex?

Hopefully, one day soon we’ll come up with answers. Will we as a nation find the courage, as the abused women have, to find a new moral balance that rights the wrongs and install more equitable rules by which men and women interact?

John W. Reynolds

Pleasant View

 

 

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