What to do about Mr. Moore

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the Nov. 10 front-page ar­ti­cle “Moore ac­cused of touch­ing teen girl”:

It is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able to mit­i­gate the al­le­ga­tions against Roy Moore, the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee for U.S. Se­nate in Alabama. To hear the Alabama state au­di­tor use a bi­b­li­cal ref­er­ence as a de­fense is rep­re­hen­si­ble. Pe­dophilia is a crime, not an anal­ogy to the Holy Fam­ily. To hear other men say the accusers, with the ex­cep­tion of the 14-year-old, were of the age of con­sent, so no harm no foul, is be­neath con­tempt. Those other women, by the way, were be­tween the ages of 16 and 18.

We must stop pro­tect­ing crim­i­nals and abusers. We must put coun­try be­fore party and agenda. And we must sup­port those who need and de­serve it.

Eileen McClure Nel­son, Burke

If Roy Moore came for­ward, stated he had acted wrong­fully and apol­o­gized for al­leged past be­hav­ior, should he be for­given? Were he to drop out of the elec­tion, would that be enough? What of Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey and the many oth­ers, from the famous to the no­bod­ies, who are be­ing ac­cused in a tsunami of al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse, some al­leged be­hav­ior go­ing back 30 or 40 years?

I ask be­cause it is not clear just what should be done to the many, named or anony­mous, who are be­ing ac­cused of wrong­do­ing. Be­cause hu­man na­ture is com­plex, some who are guilty will feel no guilt. Oth­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence guilt and re­gret — but beyond that, what can they do to atone for ac­tions (maybe only a sin­gle ac­tion) that hap­pened per­haps years ago? Is not con­tin­u­ing ha­rass­ment suf­fi­cient? Should ev­ery al­leged per­pe­tra­tor lose his job? (I write “his” be­cause it seems that ev­ery or nearly ev­ery ac­cused abuser is male.)

Mak­ing an an­gry, truth­ful al­le­ga­tion is im­por­tant, but it may be eas­ier than de­ter­min­ing what should be done once the charges are stated in pub­lic. Af­ter the accusers speak, who will set forth the pun­ish­ments? Who will carry out what some would call “jus­tice”? If mil­lions of abuse claims are made, what must be done to the mil­lions of al­leged abusers? The first stones hav­ing been cast, what comes next?

Doug Giebel, Big Sandy, Mont.

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