About 7 months ago, 2 women came forward with accusations of something horrible having been done to them by someone I’ve worked with. I completely these brave women for the record. Fast forward to now this is old thing went from dead silence to a legal battle. The accused is suing both women for “defamation”. Thankfully they’ve both been able to pool their resources and hire a good lawyer. Their families and friends have now been dragged into this by the accused, as well as at least one of the two women’s therapist they explicitly saught out help from after the alleged incident.
The accused is an artist, not someone particularly famous but they have a significant cult following. This cult has been and still is doing everything in their power to harass these women into silence. Thankfully the accusers aren’t backing down and have from what I’ve seen been able to rely on support from many people in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
I was never close to the accused, I’d heard rumors but didn’t know what to do about them, so I regretfully did nothing. I’m not even sure what I could have done had I been a better person in that moment and I don’t know what I should do now, which is why I’m posting this here.
What can I do in the future? What can I do to help stop this epidemic of predation in our society?
Let’s say that I’m also an artist like the accused, let’s also say that I’m currently gaining a lot of new attention because of my art. And finally let’s say that in the near future I’m in what most people would call a “spotlight” for being an artist.
Is there anything I could do from that position to help stop whatever poison in our world allows this to happen so often that there have to be entire social movements against it?
Is there anything I should be doing right now? If so what?