The #MeToo movement is real. Women have and unfortunately still do face sexual harassment and sexual assault. The #MeToo movement taught that allegations should be taken seriously.

That means taking the allegations from Ford seriously. But it also means taking the defense of Kavanaugh seriously too.

Alleged victims and perpetrators should both be treated fairly, since the allegations and their aftermath have serious consequences for both parties.

What the #MeToo movement shouldn’t encourage is the assumption that all men are guilty as soon as any allegation is made. Sometimes accusations are levied that don’t pan out.