27 October 2017

[Link] On the Publication of a List of Alleged Abusers in Academia

My first response to seeing a call for the withdrawal of a list of alleged abusers by several well-known feminists was:


"For now, the question shouldn’t be 'How do we shut down the allegations?' but 'How do we ensure that the allegations are taken seriously, as all allegations should be, and are fairly investigated?' The latter, if successful, would also have the effect of weeding out baseless allegations, if any," I wrote in a series of quick comments by C Christine Fair, who wrote wrote #HimToo , me and others on the publication of a list of alleged sexual harassers in academia (published at ThePrint: Talk Point: Is crowdsourcing and publishing names of alleged sexual predators fair?)

It is up to those who can support victims to do so with concrete commitments, I think, if victims want to invoke a formal redressal mechanism. A longer piece I wrote over at Scroll: Sexual abusers list is problematic – but gives victims a sense of regaining control 


(This post is by Nandita Saikia and was first published at IN Content Law.)

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