When I “opened” the local newspaper this morning, I came across yet another #metoo case. I find it extraordinary how in almost all of these cases, there are many many women who have come forward. I can’t decide if this is because these guys always are abusive or obnoxious to many women, or if if no one listens until 10 or 12 people have come forward, at least in the case of someone prominent. This particular guy, David Meinert, has been accused to “misconduct” by 11 women, including assault and rape between 2001 and 2015. (Meinert is a “prominent business man and activist” in Seattle.) Two of them filed police reports, but apparently nothing happened until now, when the local NPR station published reports highlighting the accusations. What if NPR hadn’t published those reports? Might this guy have continued on without issue for another few years?
(Is it really appropriate to lump RAPE in the category of #metoo? The ST categorized their story as a subset of that broader movement / “discussion”. But to me, rape is a crime on par with murder that should stand on its own, apart from other types of harassment.)
“Whether at a bar or in a boardroom, Meinert had a reputation for aggressive-bordering-on-inappropriate behavior, according to seven people who worked with him in a variety of capacities. Those interviewed described instances of Meinert hitting on employees at his businesses, making sexually charged comments and not backing down when rebuffed.” Why are people like this tolerated? I can’t think of anyone I interact with at work that behaves like this. I guess I’m not sure what I’d if there was someone; if someone doesn’t cross the line in public, and they are good at what they do, it’s hard to get rid of them.