The following by Joanna L. Grossman, the Ellen K. Solender Endowed Chair in Women and Law at SMU Dedman School of Law, first appeared in the Dec. 19, 2017, edition of Verdict.
January 5, 2018
By Joanna L. Grossman
There will be many stories to tell about the year 2017—many of them tragic—but certainly one of the most important ones will be about the year America started to reckon with its pervasive culture of sexual harassment and assault. Hardly a day goes by without news of another powerful man’s downfall—and a trail of victims telling their long-secreted stories of working for them under conditions that were at best discriminatory and oppressive, and, at worst, downright dangerous.
What can we learn from this relentless flood of stories?