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Letter to the Editor

Sexual harassment discussions becoming unruly

For me the straw that broke the camel’s back regarding sexual molestation accusations was the article published Monday, Oct. 23, on a website accusing Elie Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, of fondling the article’s author during a Jewish fundraising dinner in 1989. The accusations were then repeated by a number of reputable news organizations.

Wiesel is the voice of Holocaust memory. Whether you like his books or not, he accomplished much in the world of Holocaust education. As a son of Holocaust survivors and a Holocaust scholar and author, I am especially upset.

He is dead and cannot defend himself. Where is the proof? Where are the pictures? 

The first President Bush was recently accused of touching someone’s back. Every day more people are being accused of rape and other sexual acts. 

The entire Weinstein discussion has completely gotten out of hand. You can accuse me of being a chauvinist, yet after teaching interpersonal communication and gender studies at universities for four decades, I assure you, men are from Mars and women are from Venus. They are not the same creatures.

Yes, a woman has the right to dress any way she wishes and she is not to blame for a rape, but men become aroused by what they see and it is their nature to often act out. It is true that women who dress modestly are also the victims of rape.

I hope women will learn self-defense and legally carry whatever they need to defend themselves. As a father and grandfather of girls, I especially worry.