Sexual harassment. Sexual abuse. Rape. If you’re a victim of any of these things, report it. I’ll say it again: report to the police/proper authorities when you are a victim of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and/or rape. Shame be damned. There needs to be a public record of these activities in case the perpetrator continues with other people.
That being said, I’m sure more than enough of you online who are even mildly active in the atheist/skeptic world have read the public posts put out regarding possible sexual crimes and one very public figure. I have a huge problem with this. With just a few typed paragraphs, another somewhat prominent atheist public figure has painted himself a judge and his smarmy little followers the jury.
Here’s one bit from that post that bothers me immensely:
She’s also afraid that the person who assaulted her before could try to hurt her again.
Why hasn’t this person gone to the police? It is stated she informed the organization running the conference where the incident took place and it was ignored. Fine. That’s when you step outside the organization and inform the authorities. But she didn’t. Again, I say shame be damned.
The victim wants to ensure this doesn’t happen to others. Once again, instead of going to the police or authorities, she decides to let a friend know – one who is somewhat known publicly and who already has demonstrated a dislike of the accused. All in the name of “wanting to get the word out there”.
Do you truly want to get the word out there? Report these incidents to the police/authorities. Encourage other people who have had this happen to do the same. Do not get some minor hack of an online atheist celebrity to play “Judge Judy” online.