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Letter: Writer concerned about the #MeToo movement

Posted: February 26, 2018 4:00 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2018 1:00 a.m.

I, for one, am getting somewhat provoked at the #MeToo movement.

Before going any further, allow me to clarify: there is no punishment too severe for a person who would take sexual advantage of a child. Likewise, the same is true regarding a woman when it is truly not what she wanted or actively provoked.

I am a man, my wife is beautiful and I have a number of very attractive female friends, so I can truthfully say I can appreciate feminine beauty. I think the characteristic goes back to the Garden of Eden.

I fear we have reached the point that too many women have become part of the problem by provocative dress and conduct. Understand, that is still no excuse for unwanted sexual conduct once the word “no” is stated. What irritates me is my belief that too many of these recent headliners provoked it, then, used it to gain movie stardom, roles in plays, business promotions, etc -- and then came back 20 years later to double down through law suits for further gain. I also don’t understand how some of these people lived 20 years after their claim to having been wronged and now it becomes unbearable.

Our justice system says that a person is innocent until proven guilty. But, in cases like these, a male is assumed guilty until he can prove his innocence. I don’t have a solution. Anyone reading this who has been or had a relative who was sexually abused will not like what I am saying. I would probably feel likewise; I just feel it is being blown out of proportion and is being used for monetary gain in many cases and advantageous publicity in others.

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