These allegations and realities from the past and present are as disturbing as they are common. We have to do better.
We have to stand up for others so more can stand up for themselves. It’s not easy, it’s not simple, but it is a necessity.
It’s vital for us all to learn and grow from this period of exposure so that we can move forward as a stronger society that respects one another.
Really listening to one another and really paying attention to others can really go a long way toward protecting and fostering a better community.
None of us are perfect people. We can’t go back in time and rewrite history.
What we can do is acknowledge past wrongs, learn from our mistakes, and strive to do better.
There are legal lines that are too often crossed and nothing is reported. Statutes of limitations make it more difficult for many victims to ever hold their abusers accountable.
What we can do is to take the politics out of the equation, focus on the facts, and respect one another without ignoring the reality staring us in the face.
Some people are open to investigations being done to ascertain the veracity of claims and the extent of the damage done. That matters.
Openness isn’t a blank check. Openness can be the beginning of a conversation that can lead to healing and greater understanding. I think we can at least start there.