ObsessoMom wrote:The people who are most bloodthirsty about the vigilante justice of social media crucifixions based on rumored accusations (and about the vigilante justice of, ahem, punching Nazis) are, I suspect, themselves Trump-style sociopaths and toadies. Think about it. They get a power rush from doing or advocating things that transgress the usual social standards against vigilante violence, and they play to a crowd of likeminded toadies happy to cheer them on and say that the usual social standards don't apply in this case. Isn't this just what Trump and his ilk are also doing?
We have to be careful not to become the thing we're battling.
I sometimes feel pretty bloodthirsty to convict unapologetic rapists. Does that mean I am a, "Trump-style sociopath?" Overall though I think you've got some good ideas for how sexual misconduct cases go down. In a lot of cases I find that rapists are high school style bullies with toadies that follow them around based on their powers and charisma. So they receive support from wider society, their toadies and anyone shocked and awed enough by their bad behavior to wanna... cozy up to them for business or whatever, which is another factor? Anyways, with such powerful peoples, I doubt social media bandwagons accusing them of being sexual abusers actually matters? To someone famous even a few thousand peoples thinking badly of them ain't gonna ping their radar at all, they may even never notice that the regular peeps have noticed their bad behaviors?
I've found sociopaths with fame and monies just ignore when they get in trouble and keep on doing it 'cause they got the social means, and financial powers, to keep themselves afloat despite damaging accusations.