Accusers must take responsibility, too

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The #MeToo movement has amplified the campus culture, which redefined both sexual assault and the rights of the accused. Then-president Obama’s 2014 campaign against campus sexual violence was followed by a now-retracted 2014 Rolling Stone article about a falsely reported rape story and a flawed 2015 survey by The American Association of Universities stating that one in four undergraduates have been sexually assaulted. Attempted hand-holding and the unexpected kiss were included as assault, with little deference to the due process of the accused. Young men have faced expulsion, despite patent inconsistencies on the part of their accusers. This practice is now being used to defame prominent men.Thirty years after the alleged incidents, during his Alabama senate race, Roy Moore’s campaign collapsed amid allegations he denied. Similarly, subsequent to winning his third Olympic gold medal, Shaun White was antagonized over an already-settled sexual-harassment lawsuit. Now, adult-film star Stephanie Clifford is attempting to discredit President Trump over consensual behavior she now regrets, an idea that has become synonymous with rape. Andrea Constant’s paradoxical choice to take pills offered to her by Bill Cosby, only to become too weak to refuse intercourse, proved adequate to convict a comedian once known as America’s Dad.Prosecutor Steele’s refute of “the real Bill Cosby” is as bastardized as the notion that role models are no better than the culture around them. These men achieved success by taking responsibility for their own actions, which is more than their accusers can say.Stephen DansereauAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img

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