While the #MeToo movement is very empowering and raises awareness, starting to name the harassers and rapists is the best way to enact meaningful change, holds Jessica Valenti of The Guardian. The big issue is that too many men get away with their crimes against women. Women need to stand together and ensure that this stops. Already, whisper networks of women warning each other are developing to protect the unknowing from danger. Being a victim of sexual assault comes with the terrible burden of not being believed, in addition to a terrible trauma. Outing the men that hurt these people can validate their pain and protect the victims of tomorrow.
Naming and shaming alleged sexual harassers is an emotional response to an issue that should be approached soberly and in full accordance with the law, suggests Michelle Malkin of Real Clear Politics. While the issues of abuse, victim-blaming and victim-silencing must be tackled head-on, a scarily high percentage of rape allegations are false. According to some studies, the figure ranges from 8% to 41%. Unfortunately, some accusations can be motivated by money, attention-seeking, power, revenge, anger, cover-ups, drugs or mental instability. Blindly believing victims and ruining the lives of the accused is not the way forward.