The Other Side

 

When considering the circumstances of sexual assault, it’s important to consider two critical points.

First, for some men, maybe they aren’t the assailant, but the victim. Most reports of sexual assault that appear in media are men attacking women; which is logical as women are more likely to be assaulted than men. However, it’s important to recognize that men aren’t always the “bad guy” of these scenarios. It’s crucial that we don’t exclude men from the discussion because of their gender, but to accept them with the same open arms that we use to embrace all survivors of assault.

The other thing to focus on is due process. Although it is good that victims are gaining the strength to speak out, we cannot ignore the possibility of abuse that exists if we forget the role due process plays in the pursuit of justice. It is possible that some people could use the #MeToo movement to their advantage. They could do this by making false rape accusations as a way to sabotage a man they may have an issue with. While some of these allegations are quickly disproven, some make it all the way to the court system and put these men on trial for something they didn’t do. Even in the recent debate between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, some people believe that Kavanaugh was the victim of a false accusation.

This is where the risk of the #MeToo movement comes in to play. While all women should be heard when it comes to assault, it’s dangerous to trust someone by their word alone. The strides that are being made in the fight against sexual assault are undeniably beneficial to victims, but we can’t forget about the men who may be unjustly paying the consequences for this movement. So, we must not be too quick to assume the accused is guilty before there is proof of guilt.