How Very Bad Men Get Away With Rape by J. Valenti
It takes one person to commit a rape, but a village to let them get away with it over and over
…Why is this minority of bad men able to get away with abusing women over and over? Because “good” men make it easier for them.
You don’t have to be an abuser to enable abuse, and over the last few weeks, Americans have watched that reality play out on the national stage.
Knee-jerk sympathy for men accused of wrongdoing isn’t new.
After CBS chairman Les Moonves was accused of sexual assault, for example, network board member Arnold Kopelson said, “I don’t care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff… Les is our leader and it wouldn’t change my opinion of him.” Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, who says Moonves raped her in 1986, told New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow that she didn’t come forward for fear it would derail her career. Comments like Kopelson’s suggest she was likely correct.