To say that sexual assault has been on the forefront of the average American’s mind would be putting it lightly. It’s damn near all anyone can talk about. Did you hear about so-and-so? Apparently what’s-his-face is guilty of this-and-that…It’s all so sickening, we’re not sure how much more society can take. However, although these stories are consistently grim in nature, and leave the viewer/reader with a knot in their stomach, it’s still important to continue to encourage these brave victims to come forward with their harrowing tales. It’s probably the only way any sort of justice or change can come about.
Recently, a slurry of men on Capitol Hill have been discovered to be sexual assailants. One of the more notable being Senator Al Franken from Minnesota. Who, amid all these allegations and accusations, has announced his retirement from politics. While many saw this career move coming from a mile away, some political analysts seem to think this was a poor call on Franken’s part.
Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary from the George W. Bush era, went on Twitter to voice his displeasure with Franken’s announcement. He wrote, “Franken should not have resigned. His fate should have been left 2the people of MN. Moore, who had sexual contact w a 14-yr old, should drop out. Conyers, who hit on his employees, should have resigned. Franken is a creep who acted inappropriately, but his facts are different.”
While the severities of each individual’s actions do range in seriousness, the fact remains that: assault is assault. While the person involved in Senator Franken’s case was “of age” that doesn’t make it right for him to grope her while she sleeps. Bottom line.
We agree with Senator Franken’s decision to resign, and we hope other guilty politicians follow suit.
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