An intriguing piece by August Lovenkiolds for AVfM. An extract:
A lot of recent articles suggest that there will be a backlash to #MeToo – that men will shy away from women, or that companies will demur from hiring women because hiring a woman is the same as signing up for a losing lawsuit when she inevitably claims sexual harassment when a male coworker tells her “good morning” in too cheerful a tone. See here, here, and here. One feminist even suggested that companies be forced to pay multi-million dollar fines when a male employee is accused, accurately or not, of offending a woman.
In law, delaying or failing to report a dangerous sexual predator might well be called “depraved indifference” to the risk to others (in the mildest of cases), and charges like “harboring a criminal” or even “conspiracy” or “misprision” become tenable. The definition of “misprision” is “the deliberate concealment of one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony.” In his much-maligned article on libidinal brutality, Stephen Marche disparaged men who overlooked second-hand (hearsay) accounts of sexual impropriety. Covering up a first-hand eyewitness account of a man criminally complimenting a women has to be an order of magnitude worse of an offense than merely ignoring a possible specious account of the same.
In the military, the failure to report or respond to an enemy threat can be punishable by death. For example, consider the case of Jack Dunn, who was sentenced to death for falling asleep while on guard duty. In Dunn’s case, no enemy attacked and no loss of life or material was associated with his negligence. Dunn had lots of excuses – he had just returned to duty after an injury and was filling in for another soldier for the second straight night. None of this mattered – Dunn was still sentenced to death.