#MeToo: Retribution, Accountability, and Justice

Sunday, March 6, 2022

What Is It

The #MeToo movement exposed how pervasive sexual harassment and abuse are, and how rare it is for perpetrators to be held accountable. Although some recent high profile cases have resulted in convictions, more often punishment is meted out by public shaming. So why is it so difficult to hold sexual abusers legally responsible for their actions? Is social retribution a way to achieve some form of justice in lieu of criminal proceedings? And how do we strike the right balance between accountability for victims and due process for the accused? Josh and Ray welcome Janine Benedet from the UBC School of Law.

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Harold G. Neuman

Friday, January 7, 2022 -- 5:44 AM

I have commented on the me

I have commented on the me too movement before. Offended some. In a long career, I also was charged with rebuking sexual harassment; fashioning methods/strategies for combatting it. It is, of course, against the law. But the proscription breaks down. Until hearts and minds change, law will be ineffectual. Me too may remain timely for decades to come. So may the attitudes and behaviors that spawned it in the first place. Nothing like spinning your wheels on the beach.

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Tim Smith

Monday, January 10, 2022 -- 6:04 PM

I'm thankful to the #metoo

I'm thankful to the #metoo movement for raising my awareness and sensitivity. Sexual abuse and harassment are life changing events for victims. Now that I have been informed, I see it everywhere. It is important that victims have the ability to speak out. Social shaming however, seems too cheap a fix to offer everyone solace. False claims can set the movement back even further if aired on social networks.

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