As anyone who reads atheist blogs is probably aware, there have been some high-profile (at least within this community) cases of sexual harassment (and worse) over the past few years.
One case in particular involved Ben Radford, a prominent skeptical writer. He was accused of “stalking, sexual harassment, and both physical and sexual assault” by his former girlfriend Karen Stollznow (a prominent skeptic in her own right). It’s been going on for a couple of years with both sides raising money for legal defense.
Without going into more details (and there are so many more details), those are damning allegations and Radford denied them completely. But several bloggers were quick to condemn him (or at least perpetuate the story) based on what Stollznow said.
That alone doesn’t bother me. Sexual harassment is a serious topic and I appreciate those with the courage to address the issue. If it makes us more aware of the problem so that we can take steps to prevent it, we’re all better off for it. (I’m not a fan of bloggers with limited information playing the role of a judge who’s supposed to have all of the information, but there you go.)