The Rolling Stone magazine did a great article detailing known assault allegations against Don John, Predator-in-Chief.
The parts of it that make me angriest are those that purchase silence from the victims.
It makes sense that the predator himself wants his victims to remain silent, because it enables him to prey on others more easily.
But such agreements involve others, other men, other women. These agreements involve parents of daughters, husbands, wives. Why would these other people get involved in such a transgression of criminal activity?
For one thing, these other people we speak of are lawyers. And lawyers are taught that ethics, morals, and the greater good are irrelevant. The only things that matter are laws and verdicts. The client’s interests are paramount, whether that client is a criminal, murderer, victim, or completely innocent.
Beyond agreements, there is also the ability to buy someone’s voice and become its owner. The idea of “catch and kill” is something one of HIS friends has done to another woman who knew him. She got money, he got silence. She bought a house, he went on to harm another woman.
The women who remain silent, the women who sell their voices have their own conscience to contend with. In some ways they can be considered almost as complicit as the predator himself.
They seem to be comfortable with selling their body, selling their tongue, even selling their soul.
Why not? After all, it’s a free market.
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