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#MeToo-5: Sexual Offense? Let’s arm ourselves

Reports of exual offenses are going around like the plague. Powerful men are falling left and right. Other men may be asking where we’ll draw the line, wondering how they will respond if they wind up in trouble for an offense committed years ago. Ann explores what she would say to her predator – if he were alive today – and to his institution. Then she concludes by calling for a Peace and Reconciliation Movement.

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Et Tu, Brute? Our Sexual Misconduct Conundrum

It was bound to happen: Someone I hold in high regard would get caught up in the sexual misconduct feeding frenzy of #MeToo. It pulled me up short. Should everyone be judged by the same standards – or are criminal, immoral, and raunchy really different from one another? How do we judge?

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# YouToo? Ways We Can Stop Sexual Assault

# YouToo. Let’s join forces to stop sexual assault. It’s too pervasive to vanquish alone.
Sexual assault, or any form of sexual misconduct, casts a long shadow. What can we do, as women? Embrace Zero Tolerance. Refuse to be bamboozled. Be prepared to make a scene: Scream. Kick. Bite. Punch. Slap. Call the police. Take photos of proffered porn and exposed body parts. Record trash talk. Always, ALWAYS document every detail. What can supportive by-standers do? Tell these predators that real men don’t assault women, or brag that they do. Sexual assault is not a spectator sport.

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# MeToo-2: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

Too often, the victim of a sexual assault is criticized because she does not immediately report her assailant, sometimes holding it inside for years. Why? History has told her she has much to lose. Her assailant may attack her integrity. Vilify her. Threaten, bully, intimidate her. Humiliate and ridicule her. Fire or demote her. Or her assailant and his protectors may ignore her, smother her voice as if she doesn’t exist. That was my story.

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# MeToo-1: Memories Still Haunt

Are we reaping the unintended consequences of advances in birth control, coupled half a century ago with new freedoms spawned by Women’s Liberation and the Sexual Revolution? Ann muses on this question and recounts her own # MeToo moment at the hands of the then-President of the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Up against The Wall in Calexico

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out. ~ Robert Frost, Mending Wall Calexico is an afterthought. My wife and I are on our way home to Las Vegas from San Diego and we want to see the Salton Sea from its western shores. But we got...

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