Debates seemed dry lately, and I'm very bored, so here's something you guys can debate about Unless you've been living under a rock (no offense to potential Patrick Star's), there have been many sexual assault/harassment allegations against several men of high social status. Here's my two cents Before I get into anything, I first want to give a quick firm reminder that an allegation does not mean anyone has been proven guilty. It is an accusation, and there is no guarantee that they are true or entirely accurate. And there have been many cases before where people have lied and have gotten someone else in serious trouble (prison sentencing, ending of careers, etc.). Now, it is also important to understand these types of crimes are hard to prove. Sex offenders would ideally commit their crimes with no witnesses, cameras, and audio recordings. Without any concrete evidence, it's ultimately the accuser's word against the defender's word. In any fair and just legal system, someone's words aren't enough to convict another person of a crime. However, I do not think it is odd for mass amounts of people to speak out after several years. People who have been sexually assaulted often fear for their lives and reputations, and it's not until they see that they aren't alone that they get the courage to speak up. People with power can get away with a lot of disgusting behavior, and it's no surprise that their victims would rather stay quiet than try to stand up for themselves. If they make an accusation, they have no evidence. Without any evidence, they really don't have many options besides to stay quiet. I was very reluctant to believe the allegations against Roy Moore at first because the timing seemed very odd considering he's running for Senate next month. Then, after hearing how he's been banned from a mall for predatory behavior, dated high school girls (according to former colleagues), and has many accusers, it's not so hard to believe anymore. With Al Franken, I was very hesitant to believe the accuser at first. Upon further research, I became more convinced that the accuser was stretching the truth. The only time a kiss happened was during a script rehearsal that she consented to. He never actually touches her in any of the photos she released. As for the photos themselves, it really does look like they were jokes in bad taste and not so much sexual assault. Nonetheless, Al Franken apologized for any potential misconduct and Leeann accepted. As for the George Takei allegation, I've found that it was pretty much total bogus. Despite the room for grey areas in sexual assault, there's almost no doubt that people like Harvey Weinstein have harassed women for years and thought they could use their power to get away with it. Sexual harassment and assault are serious issues that many people face. Even being accused of sexual harassment can ruin someone's life, which is why it's very important to take these kinds of allegations seriously without assuming one person is right while the other is not.