A Cautionary Tale from France: Wrongful Claim of Sexual Harassment

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The woman credited with founding the French equivalent of the #MeToo movement, #BalanceTonPorc, was found by a French court to have defamed the man she had accused of sexual harassment. She was ordered to pay 20,000 euros in damages to the man she had accused.

Although #BalanceTonPorc, like #MeToo, has raised awareness of the widespread problems of sexual harassment and enabled many women to speak out about their experiences, both movements have also enabled false accusations, ruining many men’s lives.

Due process–in which the accuser and the accused are each able to have their say before a judge, mediator, or other impartial observer–is essential before accusations are made public. Allegations and accusations are remembered; exonerations rarely are.

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