The Weekly Vista - - Editorial & Opinion -

Accusations of sex­ual mis­con­duct in all ar­eas of our so­ci­ety to­day seem to be ram­pant. Some of these charges are based on some­thing that hap­pened 40 years ago by a per­son who is now run­ning for a crit­i­cal po­si­tion in our se­nate. If these accusations are true, they should have been brought for­ward long be­fore this and should be ac­com­pa­nied by proof. We have turned the adage of “in­no­cent un­til proven guilty” to­tally up­side down. These women should not have waited this long to come for­ward and are now mak­ing it look as if it is to­tally po­lit­i­cally and, no doubt, fi­nan­cially mo­ti­vated.

On the other hand, we have dis­cov­ered that many of our govern­ment lead­ers have been “pay­ing off” their ac­cusers with money funded by tax­payer dollars. Each of these in­stances rep­re­sents an ad­mis­sion of guilt that should not go un­pun­ished. Hav­ing a pool of pub­lic funds used to “pay off” ac­cusers says that many of our lead­ers are re­pul­sive and should be re­moved from of­fice. A list of these of­fend­ers should be made pub­lic, and these lead­ers should im­me­di­ately be re­lieved from their po­si­tions of lead­er­ship. The same guide­lines and con­se­quences should ap­ply to ev­ery­one re­gard­less of sta­tus or po­si­tion.

How­ever, hav­ing said this, the pos­i­tive ef­fect of all of this is that women are now com­ing for­ward with accusations they have been har­bor­ing for many years. We have for too long com­plained about this be­hav­ior on one hand and con­tin­ued to ac­cept it on the other. We have al­lowed too many peo­ple to think they are not com­mit­ting a ma­jor crime by mak­ing the con­se­quences mi­nor. We have con­demned the vic­tims for be­ing par­tic­i­pants. We have glo­ri­fied the “ma­cho” at­ti­tude in all forms of so­cial me­dia and in sports.

But now we are be­gin­ning to see the to­tal ice­berg of this prob­lem. How­ever, we need to do more than com­plain — we need to ed­u­cate. We need to be­gin as early as kinder­garten to iden­tify the bound­aries be­tween the sexes. We need to con­tinue to em­pha­size through­out the ed­u­ca­tional process these mo­ral, so­cial and le­gal, non-ne­go­tiable bound­aries be­tween men and women. We need to de-em­pha­size the at­ti­tude of im­me­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion that is cur­rently be­ing so sought af­ter by up­com­ing gen­er­a­tions. And, we need strict con­se­quences from de­fin­i­tive laws that are en­forced at all lev­els of so­ci­ety.

With­out early and con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, and to­tal en­force­ment of the laws at all lev­els, we can only com­plain and watch this prob­lem get worse. Larry Blech Bella Vista

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