In the news today we see the dark side of politics. Sexual abuse has made headlines for weeks. It seems that it all started with Hollywood, however. Harvey Weinstein was one of the most famous movie producers in Hollywood. I saw “was” because he’s probably not going to be producing movies anymore. No, many women have come out saying that he abused them. Some of the stories are so bad, the police have opened an investigation into Harvey. There is a good chance that, at the end of the investigation, he will go to jail. But, at the same time, rich and powerful people like him tend to skip out and get bail.
After Harvey, it seemed like the floodgates opened up. Women who had been abused many years earlier finally felt that they could speak up. If they were going to, now is the time. Their voices will carry more weight, I believe. And it’s not over. More and more women, and some men are coming forward to detail what kinds of abuse they have to endure by powerful people. After Hollywood, the scandal spread to politics.
There are a number of Congressmen who have resigned due to inappropriate behavior. Most notable of these is the Senator Al Franken. He’s the most notable because he’s popular, or at least used to be popular. He’s a former comedian and was well-liked. He even had a show on television. On Monday, there is an election in Alabama. The politician is being accused of abuse. However, he is denying this. He’s ahead in the polls! We’ll see what happens.
This isn’t over yet. News stories are starting to trickle out that this kind of abuse is also happening on Wall Street. Some high-paid professionals are being accused of abuse while on the job, even. I think that over the next few weeks, we’ll find out more. Stay tuned!