California – -(AmmoLand.com)- At one time in my life (decades past), I was responsible for training young sales reps. One of the reps, a young woman accused me of inappropriate behavior.
On the business trip, the young lady was in the back of the car with a client while I drove. She somewhere along the line lost her shirt and had to find it on the floor of the car when we got back to the hotel. Embarrassed by her actions, she reported to my boss how inappropriate I was, but left out the part where she lost her cloth. My crime (as stated by the “victim”) was suggesting we grab a beer after a long day of the meeting. My punishment, sensitivity training.
My actual punishment was that she exaggerated the story, left off the parts that embarrassed her and told anyone who would listen to her version of events. I lost friends, the company will never admit it, but they changed their practices on hiring women. Over the next year, the same girl accused two other men of hitting on her, one of them openly gay and the 2nd person was my boss. While he believed and trusted me he had in the past also tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. The long-term loss was hers. In a company where the highest paid people were the sales reps, she claimed assault every time her sales fell, and she felt threatened. As a result, no one was willing to risk traveling with her, and she failed in her job. The effect on the company’s culture was to hurt women across the board.
That’s what false acquisitions do; they set ALL women back.
In a country where 1/3 of women have had some sort of unfortunate encounter, you have a vast pool of sympathetic women. They all say or think this could be me! Why will no one believe me! I was hurt… “believe me,” they cry. The young sales reps hurt a lot of people too. She did it for her career to save her job or try to make more commission. I never really knew why she lied, but she did announce loudly that the firm could not fire her, or she’d sue for retaliation.
Men want to protect women; it's in our DNA. In the debate over Judge Kavanaugh, we all want to be there to protect a small, scared 14-year-old girl being assaulted by drunk teenage boys 2X her size. But we’re just not getting the whole story. Something from Dr. Ford story does not add up. Who scrubs their social media accounts unless there is something to hide? Who says they want to be anonymous but takes a polygraph test? What women can not remember the exact date, time, and location she was assaulted, you would think it was burned into her memory. Any honest assessment of the situation says there is more to this story and it’s embarrassing to Dr. Ford and as such needs to be hidden.
Dr. Ford will pay no price for her lies. Her lies will make her a hero in her Nor-Cal academic community. This story will make her the star at any parties for the rest of her life. She will get book deals and paid speaking engagements just like Anita Hill. She will not pay any price for her false acquisitions, in fact precisely the opposite.
The rest of us however will. Her actions have made it harder (not easier) for real victims to come forward. She had made it easier for men to discount claims of abuse. She has done EXACTLY the opposite of what she and her political handlers claim to want. Now isn’t that something to ponder. Why would they do that?
About Don McDougall
Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range, you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.