Editor’s Note: This article was written by my friend K.S. Again, all views and opinions expressed in it are his own and not necessarily that of #BackSoSoon. On a second note, this post deals with the #MeToo movement and the belief that now you are guilty until proven innocent. I (the editor) am a victim of sexual abuse since I have been in prison. It took nearly a year for anyone to listen to my claims and take them serious. It wasn’t until my U.S. Senator (former) got involved that the investigation began to get serious. I do believe that many people sadly have been victims as well, but as K.S. will note, that many more are also coming out of the woodwork screaming “Me Too!” in order to either gain momentum or just to vilify people they really don’t care for.
The #MeToo movement views the Cosby conviction and the Kavanaugh hearings as the crowning achievements of their jihad against the rich and powerful. These achievements represent a degradation of the proper operation of our system of justice and replacing scrutiny with knee-jerk motion. The illegitimacy of this result calls for an overdue reevaluation of the group behind it.
The #MeToo label may be new, but the attitude and goals underneath it have been around for quite some time. Long before the group abandoned its awareness of the irony under its naming, I used to deride the phenomenon with the very label they now embrace as a badge of honor. Whenever an accusation of sexual misconduct was made, it seemed that dozens of tag alongs would crawl out of the woodwork screaming “Me Too! Me Too!” The MeToo-ers, by virtue of their numbers, sought to override common sense with sheer numbers.
It is an understandable human impulse to believe that a large amount of accusations must have some truth to it. Though each story may be completely unbelievable on its own, by grouping them together, they avoid the scrutiny that they would be subjected to individually. Once the first case has been made, the subsequent ones no longer to provide details. They just raise their hands and say “Me Too.”
When certain allegations prove true-as the law of averages says they must-it provides reason to believe that the entire process is valid. After all, we just got it right on the last one, so this one must be valid, too! Such confirmation bias is especially dangerous where an accused actually has done something wrong. Unable to protest complete innocence, the subsequent claims all sound so much more believable. Since he’s already been proven guilty of something, why wouldn’t we believe the rest? As federal defendants and prosecutors can tell, this process makes it easier to tack on things that would not be believed on their own, a process routinely criticized.
For obvious reason, #MeToo is unconcerned about the rights of the accused; they are, after all, a victim’s rights advocacy group. It is understandable that those in the MeToo movement wish to amplify their voices and to gain a platform for their grievances. What is distressing about the group-like so many similar special interests-is that they seek to obfuscate the unprovable or the plainly false by grouping them with the legitimate. They seek to avoid logical, dispassionate reviews of their claims, which is essential to reaching correct results. No matter how sympathetic we are, streamlining and rubber stamping sexual victimization claims is not the answer. Our system is supposed to protect the innocent while also seeking to provide victims with justice. No matter how important the second goal is, it cannot be accomplished by sacrificing the former.
MeToo seeks to vindicate their interests at the cost of justice. This creates victims to satisfy victims, hardly a noble goal. MeToo has lost their way; it is up to us to make sure they don’t make society lose its way as well.
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