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If There's a Spectrum of Misconduct, is There a Spectrum of Consent, Too?

If There’s a Spectrum of Misconduct, is There a Spectrum of Consent, Too?

Matt Damon believes “we live in [a] culture of outrage and injury” and that our current national crisis of systemic sexual assault involves “a spectrum of behavior” which includes “patting someone on the butt and rape or child molestation.” His stance on the increasing number of sexual harassment claims against powerful men across industries—70 public figures have been accused since early October—is raising eye brows and setting off tweet-storms all over the country, essentially because it demeans some allegations in favor of others. “[Patting someone on the butt and rape] need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he said in an interview with ABC’s Peter Travers while promoting his new film Downsizing. “You know, we’re so energized to kind of get retribution, I think….We’re going to have to correct enough to kind of go, ‘Wait a minute. None of us came here perfect’.” Damon asserts that the publicized sexual assault…

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