Jennie Willoughby’s 24 April 2017 blog post about her abuse at the hands of Rob Porter inspired this meme. I hope it helps people understand why women stay in abusive situations.
This story makes it clear that as sexual arousal increases, empathy decreases making sexual assault all the more likely as situations are more ambiguous or when someone changes her mind. It is a cautionary tale for men. A call to examine for each man to examine his past and present to help ensure that #TimesUp means that time is really up.
Real science is the basis for some real suggestions for what non-rapey men should do during this time of accusation, denial, and faux apologies. The advice that results might even surprise #MattDamon!
A Canadian study suggests that there are four steps to reducing incidents of sexual assault. And, you won’t believe #2.
On Thanksgiving, Al Franken offered another written “apology,” which wasn’t an apology, but a cop out. By not owning up to his behavior, he is not providing leadership to help us cope with these recurring accusations of sexual harassment instead he’s following that well worn path of denial.
In order for Al Franken to save his senate seat, he must give a complete accounting for all of his sexual transgressions before another accuser goes public. He’s got to just come clean about it all. And, then maybe he can remain in the senate.