I wonder how history will record these days.
It seems every few weeks the country becomes immersed in some new scandal, whether it’s the president’s relationship with Russia, the debate over health care or now the sexual harassment and rape of boys, men and women by men of prominence.
The sexual harassment claims are coming at us on an almost daily basis, and it’s sickening.
I can’t wrap my head around what these men have done and what they were thinking.
Some of these men harassed for decades. Their behavior was well-known, almost as if it was part of their identity, like he was tall, right-handed and sexually abused people under him.
Most people cannot understand that kind of behavior. I wonder what these guys would do if their mom, sister, brother, son, daughter or wife was on the receiving end of that type of treatment.
One of the saddest parts of all these stories is that people have known for decades that this is what they can expect when they work with men of power.
Men have been taking advantage of others since forever, and it seems nothing has changed.
Women have always been thought of as less-than, even though our history is filled with strong women who have made a difference in the world.
Women are still paid less than men for doing the same job, and do not get jobs because they are women.
It’s time for all of that to change.
It's time for men who behave this way to be made accountable.
It’s time for all of us to treat each other with respect.
The only hope we have now is that the people who have been abused, and are courageous enough to come forward, are joined by men who treat them equally and will help them fight back and make changes.
Harassment is not limited to Hollywood, as we have seen, as claims against politicians continue to emerge.
Harassment is not even limited to the famous. It goes on in all walks of life, in all professions and all situations.
I’ve been watching reruns of the television show “Mad Men,” a period piece that takes viewers from the 1950s to 1970s, and shows how women in the workplace are thought of and how they are treated.
Female characters are secretaries or other subservient roles, their opinions not taken seriously, and they are stared at and have to smile politely at inappropriate comments.
Over the next couple decades on the show, a few things change. Women rise in the company and become valued as employees and even partners. But as we know, there are many changes still to be made.
My hope is as more and more of these men are revealed, people realize that kind of behavior is criminal, animalistic and unacceptable in our society.
Patrick Murphy, editor-publisher of the Humphrey Democrat and Newman Grove Reporter in Nebraska, is a former assistant managing editor of The Telegram.