In Age Of #MeToo, Can There Be Forgiveness, Second Chances?
April 15, 2018
“Is there room for redemption and rebirth, in our time of Google trails and hashtag headlines?” That’s what John Ashbrook asked in a recent column he wrote for the Boston Globe after the former host of NPR’s “On Point” was fired for reportedly “creating an abusive work environment.”
To his question, there should be, according to many experts who study issues surrounding sexual abuse. At times, when famous men have made public apologies that are deemed insufficient, it can cause them to retreat from view, said Alissa Ackerman-Acklin, CSUF assistant professor of criminal justice. That, she said, is the opposite of what we should want.
“If we want a society free of sexual misconduct and we want people to really understand the impact of their actions, then publicly shaming them is not the way to do it. It makes us feel good, but it doesn’t do anything to reduce sexual misconduct,” she said.
Instead, the men should be making connections — possibly with their victims, if that’s what the victims want, or with others in a “safe, non-judgmental space, people who have caused this kind of harm can really think about what they’ve done and get really introspective and come to a place where they can offer an authentic apology,” Ackerman-Acklin commented.
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