Where is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations?
Sexual misconduct allegations are roiling Congress, corporations, the media and Hollywood. Victims, mostly but not exclusively women, have come out of the woodwork, reciting lurid experiences, some from decades ago. As the volume of accusations grows, so do fears about witch-hunts, backlash and failure to take the issue seriously long-term. All sides are screaming for due process, both for the accuser and the accused. They are right. Due process is critically important. But what “process” is “due” is not a “one size fits all” proposition. Context matters.
Women in #MeToo Can ‘Ruin a Man’s Career’ Without Due Process
The #MeToo movement could “ruin” a man’s career if a woman “says anything” about sexual harassment allegations and there is no due process given to the claims, Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said Tuesday morning.
“It’s going to be complicated, but I think women feel that they are maligned and mistreated through the process and therefore they’re afraid to step forward, so we need to look at the process,” Brzezinski said on the MSNBC show.
She said men who are correctly accused should have their careers ruined, but that a woman can “say anything” and “it’s over.” Brzezinski also questioned how employers should go forward with accusations serving as a means to dismiss an employee.
Actress Amber Tamblyn: Those Accused of Sexual Assault Shouldn’t Be Innocent Until Proven Guilty
“When it comes to sexual assault, I believe in suspect until proven innocent.”
The presumption of innocence is for courtrooms, not politics
The political reckoning was quick. In the span of less than a week, allegations of sexual harassment and sexual impropriety destroyed the political futures of four separate men in politics.
10 Years Later, The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Still Stings
Kerry Sutton was on the phone with the father of a Duke University lacrosse player when her Amtrak train collided with a dump truck.
It was March 2006, and Sutton, a defense attorney in Durham, North Carolina, was discussing whether she would be willing to defend Richard Zash’s son, Matt. He and several other white players were facing shocking allegations: that they had together raped a black woman named Crystal Mangum at a party hosted by the Duke lacrosse team at Matt Zash’s house on March 13, 2006
Woman jailed for 10 years for making series of false rape claims
Jemma Beale, 25, from west London, invented four separate incidents of sexual assault, one of which led to man being wrongly convicted
College student who lied about getting raped begs to dodge jail
The young Long Island woman accused of falsely crying rape against two football players at her Connecticut college was back in court Friday, continuing her bid to dodge jail by getting treatment for an undisclosed mental health issue.