A letter by Marian Keller (Dec. 22) concerning sexual harassment concludes with, “I do, however, take issue with the reliability of charges made after 40 years of silence.” Such pronouncement echoes the twisted rationale of Judge Roy Moore. It is as if Keller tells the thousands of boys who were abused by priests to shut up because the offenses against them took place 30 or 40 years ago. Basically, Keller and like-minded people are ignoring the decades-long, nay, the centuries-long anti-woman culture of which the discrepancy in pay between men and women is only one symptom. As well, they ignore the treacherous, uphill battle that a 14-year-old girl or even a 25-year-old woman and their families would have to wage if they wished to fight the abuse by a legal challenge, let alone the enduring trauma. Finally, they ignore the fact that the few women who did speak up faced immediate ridicule, public shaming, and the loss of their jobs.

It is only since the courageous stand taken by Gretchen Carlson, the Women’s March following Trump’s inauguration, and the “MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements that things finally begin to change. Stop abusing women, and treat them with respect! They are human beings, not toys to be objectified; they are our sisters and daughters, and no man would have been born without his mother! It is incumbent on men, as well, to join these movements. Valid complaints against abuse should have no expiration date, and acts of injustice should have no statute of limitations.

Uri Barnea

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