A year after the #MeToo “movement” started in October of 2017, more Americans are skeptical when women bring up sexual harassment claims than they did last year.
This news came from two polls the Economist commissioned of 1,500 Americans across the country in both November 2017 and September 2018.
The results are a vindication of due process and a warning to women who complain about friendly flirting or touching:
The share of American adults responding that men who sexually harassed women at work 20 years ago should keep their jobs has risen from 28% to 36%. The proportion who think that women who complain about sexual harassment cause more problems than they solve has grown from 29% to 31%. And 18% of Americans now think that false accusations of sexual assault are a bigger problem than attacks that go unreported or unpunished, compared with 13% in November last year. (According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre, an American non-profit organisation, 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police, whereas between 2% and 10% of assault cases are falsely reported.)