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The night of August 11, 2012 started one of the most hotly contested debates on rape and unwanted sexual advances in this nations history. It was one of the main catylists in the enlightenment of the degree of abuse that exists against women of all ages.

Or so I thought.

It was hoped that the lessons that were learned from that incident and others would lead to a clear understanding of what is considered inappropriate and also would lead to women being treated as equals instead of objects of sex and abuse.

That has turned out not to be the case. It seems that woman are still bullied if they come forward with any kind of accusation of sexual harassment or rape. The practice of victim shaming is once again alive and well.

With the advent of high profile cases of inappropriate conduct of men towards women the guilt or innocence of the accused now depends on the political affiliation of the one being accused.

We have a president who has bragged about unwanted sexual advances being a right of his and have had that bragging dismissed as “locker talk.” We have a politician who has been accused of attempted rape who is running for Senate.

The female governor of that state has stated that she will vote for him in spite of her belief he committed the act simply because she does not want his opponent to win.

There are countless examples out there of current misconduct by those all over the political spectrum. But, rather than debate the current problem with conduct of this nature and ways to stop future incidents,  those on all sides of the political spectrum are going back to even the founding of this country to place blame or to justify the actions of the defendants.

The issue of rape and sexual harassment has become a political issue rather than a moral issue.

Any progress towards ending this kind of abuse stemming from the Big Rape Case has been erased and that should make people be profoundly disappointed.

I know I am.

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