Our View: Will men in power finally be held accountable?

Published on Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:51
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It may an exaggeration to say that every woman who has ever worked for a living has encountered some form of sexual harassment - but only slightly.

So, for most, the only surprise in the latest barrage of revelations is that so many powerful men are being publicly shamed.

And, that, in itself, raises a question. Most of the men who now stand accused of bad acts operated at a time when their misdeeds were seen as “boys being boys” or even “business as usual.” How could they know that, at some point in the future, the rules would change?

That may be why the country barely winked at now-President Trump’s infamous “Access Hollywood” appearance where he bragged about his fame allowing him to inappropriately touch women.

So why the outrage about Judge Roy Moore who is now being accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl? First, she was barely out of childhood, when he (allegedly) molested her. Second, He has presented himself as a Christian and the founder of The Foundation of Moral Law.

And now he wants to become a United States senator.

Whether he will be is up to the people of Alabama but, for the rest of us, especially those who identify with the “Me, too” movement, it will be an opportunity to see if anything has really changed.

Are people who count themselves as moral still ready to overlook the actions of powerful men? Or, will these men, finally, be held to the same standards as the rest of us?

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:51. Updated: Saturday, 11 November 2017 19:53.