Report them!

I haven’t been following the cases of sexual harassment and assault at Skeptic conferences or organisations very carefully but don’t understand why those who have been accused of committing a crime are not reported to the police?

If a crime has been committed (and they are crimes unless it’s a sharia court) it’s important to take action – not just by demanding action from the employer or conference organiser but by calling on the police and legal system.

Attempts at addressing them “internally” reminds me of what the church does – deals with any “problems” without putting its dirty laundry out for all to see.

Skeptic or not, atheist or not, if a crime has been committed, it needs to be investigated properly, with both sides having a fair hearing and what not.

I know the police and justice system often fail miserably particularly when dealing with sex abuse cases, however, better that they are dealt with there than on blogs and via organisational board meetings.

If there’s crime, report it!