Everybody Does It, Right?

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Brett Kavanaugh. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- You know the old saying--there’s safety in numbers.

And while that may be true when you’re walking home late at night, the cliché has its limits.

Case in point--the idea that even if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did get drunk and sexually molest a female classmate at a party while in high school, it’s meaningless because it was 36 years ago and, well, you know how teenage boys are when they get a bunch of beers in them, and, gee, come on now … everybody does it, right?


We’ve been hearing this theme all throughout the #metoo movement, notably from serial harasser and alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein, who insisted when he was initially accused that you had to understand – he “came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules … were different.”

And don’t forget – boys will be boys, right?

Wrong again.

I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s too, and I never met anybody who thought it was OK to abuse or harass women.

Several months ago, the Pew Research Center came out with a poll showing 59% of women said they had been sexually harassed. That’s a disturbing number, but it also means 41% said they hadn’t.

I don’t know the truth of what happened with Kavanaugh and his drunken buddy.

But he’d better have the truth on his side, because the safety-in-numbers strategy--everybody does it, boys will be boys, it was a different place and time--doesn’t even come close to passing the laugh test.

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