Friday, December 8, 2017

The Pyschology behind Sexual Misconduct allegations currently in the political arena.

Yesterday, the most talk about allegations on Powerful men including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and senatorial hopeful Roy Moore (R-Ala.) came into reality when Sen. Franken resigned followed Rep. Moore.

With the backlash on denials and accusations, people will either wonder if they are real or not or just simply politics. We can even remember the fact checker article prior to the election of our sitting President. 

The question lies on how and why such things that happened years ago are just now  suddenly getting allegations after all those years. The explanation is quite complicated as there are so many surrounding factors and circumstances.

However, one thing we should remember that politicians are humans like the rest of all of us. Whatever we do in our daily lives in terms of interactions and personality nothing differentiates them. What I do recall is that politicians when they act towards others like their staff, they can, maybe or will be perceived that they have the authority to command by virtue of their position.

Hence a politico may simply be saying "X" rated remarks to make a joke, tapping someone on the shoulder without thinking that the recipient person in the room feels obligated to either laugh or simply not say their objection. After the incident, the recipient goes on with his/her life until such time he/she hears an accusation to the said politician. Then after, the memories comes back in time so the said recipient may then come out all these years to join others in confronting the once mighty politician.

This is the psychology behind sexual misconduct allegations may take a while or years until the violator is confronted. Another part is the fear way back when the incident happened that the victim fears on retaliation like losing their job, etc.., as they were to be alone then if they did complain.

This is also partly why it suddenly becomes a trend or series of events and accusations. People start thinking and bravely comes out to complained when they see others are coming out against a mighty politician.

The lesson on these recent developments is that at some point and time, anything you had done or implied with an inappropriate conduct will haunt you as it it just a matter of time.

Alex Esguerra

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