We are at a pivotal point in this nation where we must begin to truly examine the moral fiber in which the US in built. The Bill Cosby sentencing, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and even the Nassar trial has brought us to this point and forced the nation to face head-on the stories of survivors, the protection of the elite, and the reality of blissful ignorance of a few. Right now this examination is rooted in whether something or someone is judged to be right or wrong specifically around sexual assault, sexual harassment, and the heinous crime, rape.
I've noticed online, in person, and in intimate conversations some men, are truly seeking truth and are asking foundational questions, such as 'How do we define sexual assault?' 'Am I contributing to the problem or solution?' 'How did we get here all of a sudden?' And even with all the uncertainty, political agendas, questionable actions there seems to be little progress and a lot of divisiveness.
I decided to try to get the perspective and insight on how some men have been taught, experienced, and learned about sexual assault.
Join me as I explore this topic in transparent conversation with three men about about sexual assault.
I must note, the transparency and vulnerability displayed by the three men in the conversation is astounding.
Ravon Keith, from a small town in Alabama called Gadsden, is a professor and a PHD candidate. He's 38.
Kevin Lignell, manages communications for one of Michigan's most successful models of care: school-based health centers and the 32 year old, proudly identifies as a community and political activist.
Darrell Chillers, a 23 year old who is a part of the unionized labor force and also heavily contributes and participates in the Chicago Art community.
What we learn from the conversation:
1. Political correctness is driving fear and deeper thought
2. Men have not been taught (This does not excuse anything).
3. Failed Accountability, Ego & Pride are two of the root causes of progress