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#timesup: Should individuals credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment be fired from positions of authority?
Individuals credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment should be fired from positions of authority.
People who commit sexual assault and hold positions of power propagate rape culture in an incredibly pernicious manner. Removing them is a step toward ending rape culture in the long term.
Sexual assault and harassment dissuade women from entering the workplace or cause them to leave, harming the overall goal of gender equality in the workplace.
Society often fails individuals with credible claims of sexual assault and harassment in terms of both social and legal repercussions. A system where the credibly accused pay for their actions by having their employment terminated ensures that the accused faces consequences.
It is important to minimise the possibility that individuals will continue to be harassed and assaulted by those in a position of power or authority.
Due to the structure of the judiciary system it is possible to be judged as not guilty even when most of the evidence and common sense point to guilt.
Individuals who have been harassed or assaulted are more likely to feel comfortable coming forward if they believe there are going to be real consequences for the abuser.
Automatically firing people accused of sexual assault or harassment would cause increased detriment to victims of a false rape accusation.
Firing individuals based on credible accusations is counter-productive for the individuals and companies that the policy aims to help.
It is inappropriate for the employer to adjudicate the accusation as it ought to be done in a court of law, in which the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
It is often going to be difficult to determine how reliable or credible an accusation of harassment or assault is, and therefore this is not an appropriate system to use to determine a punishment.
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