The MeToo movement gained traction on social media a few years ago to highlight the shockingly high occurrence of sexual harassment that females face and are forced to live with every day. This movement resurfaced again this past week as many popular streamers/gamers were accused of sexually assaulting their female colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.
With these allegations, some people are calling for the abusers to be banned permanently.
Cancel culture is a hotly debated topic as a result of the MeToo movement. Should sexual abusers be banned permanently from the platforms where the abuse happened in the first place? Should they be banned from the entire industry all together? Should they be given a second chance if they've changed or if the abuse happened when they were much younger but are now adults? Should they be allowed to earn a living? How far should they be "cancelled"?
Many of these accusations are "he said she said" cases. A girl could accuse a guy of sexually assaulting her even if it never happened. So do we just believe every "victim" without even giving the accused the benefit of the doubt? Should we always assume victims are truthful while the accused are always lying?
Victims of sexual assault should always receive support just for being brave enough to make public statements, but false allegations are also extremely damaging and can completely ruin someone's career and life. Often times the onus is on the accused to clear their name if they are innocent, not on the victim to prove their claim. Guilty until proven innocent. Allegations can be just as damaging as actually committing the offence, and this is because of how sexual predators are "cancelled". Would false allegations be less of an issue if cancel culture wasn't so prominent?
It's a very delicate topic but also a very important one that needs to be addressed. Sexual harassment and assault can happen in any industry. Do you think there's any way to stop it? What punishments do you think would perhaps mitigate this issue?