Predatory sexual behavior is primarily a power trip for the assailant! The more power the assailant perceives he or she has, the more “entitled” they feel they are to use that power to satisfy themselves by sexually harassing or assaulting others. This need for power and affirmation is based on a deep-seated lack of self-esteem by the assailants. The more the insecurity, the more often the assailant needs reaffirmation. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
The two most powerful natural human drives are survival and reproduction. Sexual abuse/assault is a perversion of the drive to reproduce. It is transformed into a drive for self-gratification, period. The gratification is the confirmation that their power is real and their superiority is affirmed. In short, they are “sick puppies!” Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
The “Weinstein Phenomenon” of sexual harassment/abuse, followed by a flood of victims coming forward, is probably just the tip of the iceberg. But, it is interesting that everyone is acting that this is the first mass disclosure of sexual abuse on a wide scale.
Just to remind the readers, the sexual abuse by Catholic Priests of children and women is exactly the same. These priests used their ultimate power, salvation, to overcome their prey. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Politicians are the next closest group to clergy in terms of personal power perceptions! Including Bill Clinton, prior Presidents got a pass for their sexual abuse, harassment, or assaults as the left either covered their actions or stated “it is just sex”. John and Bobby Kennedy had legendary escapades of sexual dalliance with no outrage by the press or public. Now, politicians on all sides are beginning to be outed by their victims.
THOSE THAT CREATE LAWS, MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT!
I predict that when the halls of Congress and the Government in general are swept for sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, you will see a wide-spread abuse of interns, staff and even Congressional colleagues. These scandals will cross the aisles and bleed into sexual abuse of taxpayers by regulators. We better decide soon how to deal with this mushrooming political problem including what we will accept as proof, and how a confirmed case of abuse is dealt with. THE SICKEST PART OF THE CONGRESSIONAL SEXUAL ABUSE AND HARASSMENT TO DATE IS THE FACT THAT WE THE TAXPAYERS HAVE PAID OUT OVER $15 MILLION TO VICTIMS SO FAR. Anyone confirmed to have engaged in this type of activity, must pay their own settlements and be held accountable personally. THIS IS NOT A EXPENDITURE THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD FUND AND THOSE WHO ARE GUILTY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Corporate America is not immune from this sickness and the abuse of women and men in the workplace is still way to commonplace. The only benefit Corporate America has is that the statutes that have been enacted at least made executives and managers more compliant and most companies have sexual harassment training on a regular basis. That said, even if there is one case of sexual harassment/abuse, it should be dealt with swiftly and justly. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
The military has been plagued from a large number of abuse allegations. One problem is the politically correct rapid commingling of male and female military personnel. While this may be a politically correct move, putting men and women on submarines or other close quarters is asking for problems to occur. The military continues to work through these issues and has regulations and prosecution procedures to give it a fighting chance to counteract these problems based on the social engineering of our military. Senior staff must continue to monitor themselves and ensure that all of its personnel are safe and are not subjected to unwanted sexual advances. Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!
All that said, women and men who claim that they have been abused, harassed or assaulted, have the responsibility to be truthful in all respects. The accused have little they can do to offer a defense in most cases. If there are too many cases of unwarranted or false accusations. real abuse cases will be discounted or not believed altogether.
Where Do We Go From Here?
As I said above regarding politician abuse, we as a society need to have an adult conversation about the “rules of engagement” when accusations are made. What proof will we accept as a validation for a claim? What timeframe will we accept as being “fair” to both parties. The longer the timeframe, the more difficult it is for the accuser or the accused to “make their case”. There are sexual assault and sexual harassment laws on the books today. Are they sufficient? Do they apply to law makers and members of the clergy?
Some advice to management or those in a power position in the workplace. IF THE SITUATION YOU ARE CREATING OR PUTTING IN PLACE LOOKS INAPPROPRIATE, IT PROBABLY IS! Vice President Pence was criticized by saying that he and his wife do not go to dinner with or have drinks with members of the opposite sex without their spouse being present. While the left may howl that this is discrimination, better to discriminate than being erroneously accused of sexual harassment or abuse.
Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely!