Opinion: Reade vs Biden–– Unequal Justice?
Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer for former Vice President Joe Biden, allegedly accused Biden of sexual assault in the early 1990s.
The story has been making headlines across social media. Initially, Reade’s story was lost in the 24/7 coronavirus news cycle, and very few news outlets covered her claims.
The left-controlled mainstream news media failed the public’s trust by suppressing Reade’s story from the start. The wording of their headlines and the tone of opinion pieces revealed an evident bias of skepticism against Reade.
Rather than these allegations becoming the subject of serious investigation, it has instead become a competitive game between Republicans and Democrats on who can throw the cheapest shots at each Presidential candidate: who has the most sexual assault accusations?
Sexual assault allegations should be nonpartisan, but in the world of politics, they sadly aren’t.
But, her allegations also come with a number of red flags––ranging from changes in her story with The Union where sexual assault was never mentioned––to later claiming she was sexually assaulted in the Katie Halper podcast.
Resurfaced tweets that show praise for Biden, and three former Biden staffers, Reade claims she had reported the alleged incident, but stated she made no such complaint to them. Reade’s allegations and her credibility are debatable, and the general public should have as much unbiased information as possible to make an informed decision.
Sexual assault is a humiliating and dehumanizing act of violence against another human being. Allegations of such a nature should not be hastily dismissed, nor should there be favoritism amongst party lines.
Allegations should be confronted, examined, and verified. Both the accused and accuser should be able to have an equal opportunity to be heard and to defend themselves––instead, they are immediately unfairly labeled by biased media and supporters who don’t want their side to lose.
Rape Shouldn’t Be Political
All rape survivors are re-victimized when their abuse is politicized and this only discourages future survivors from coming forward. Regardless of what our political leanings are, we can’t ignore that sexual assault still remains prevalent in this country.
Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped at some point in their lives. As a woman myself, but most importantly a woman who has been sexually assaulted, my concern is whether this is a politically motivated stunt.
False allegations raise barriers for women who choose to come forward because false claims damage the credibility of all victims. But, at the same time, those that claim to have been sexually assaulted deserve to have an opportunity to be heard, to be believed, and to be supported.
One would think #MeToo would be advocating equality for all women who claim to have been victimized and see through political affiliation, but it seems as if their standards have now changed.
Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, said that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could still be “both accountable and electable.”
What exactly does that mean? He could possibly be a rapist but that shouldn’t stop us from voting for him? Are they dismissing Reade’s allegations all together because of who the Candidate is?
Our political leanings should not deter us from our moral and ethical standards.
For over a month, the Biden campaign has denied the allegations amid growing demands for direct answers. Biden finally personally addressed the allegations of sexual assault for the first time on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and denied that any such assault happened.
Sexual assault allegations against prominent men in entertainment, politics, and the media, have been growing in the last few years and have often been politicized across the board. So much so, that it has diminished the credibility of the #MeToo movement altogether, and those who have sacrificed their morals for the sake of political points.
If we want rape culture to change, we must stop treating sexual harassment and assault as a partisan issue.