I have mulled over this topic for the past couple of weeks, as one man (and few women) after another has lost his job, credibility, and respect with accusations and admissions of sexual harassment and assault. My first thought through all this has been “They are really lucky I am not their mother!!!!”
My husband used to assess low and moderate risk convicted sex offenders, usually those who had committed crimes against children, for their suitability for treatment. We know from research that the sooner those folks are integrated back in the community and have jobs and stability, along with ongoing therapy and careful monitoring by their probation officers, the less likely they are to re-offend.
What do we do now with the Al Frankens, Roy Moores, and John Conyers of this country? How do we heal, and promote inclusivity for all our citizens? I wonder if the model of Truth and Reconciliation, used in South Africa after the end of Apartheid has relevance here. I believe that in that circumstance people admitted their wrong doing, faced their victims, and engaged in meaningful acknowledgement of the damage their actions had caused. Then they ceased engaging in the behavior that was so harmful and wrong. People could move ahead.
So, what do you think we should do now?