This is a time when public morality and political accountability have conveniently gone silent in western democracies. The forces of the Left and Right have basically thrown in the towel as to who needs to clean up the glaring messes brought on by a corruption of power and managerial ineptitude. In the United States we have a growing cataclysm of serious sexual harassment allegations, starting in Hollywood and Corporate America, and spreading to the Republican and Democratic establishments right across the country. The culture of sexual loucheness and licence has always been there but, until recently, well contained because of the power of males to silence its victims. Here in Canada, the same assumption operates in the military and our police forces wherever there is an imbalanced chain of command that favors the “old boys’ club”. While government watchdogs, pressure groups, social activists, and the media are all over this issue in terms of reforming this wretched attitude of entitlement, very little gets done in a hurry. Looking at the problem from both sides of the border, the first list of alleged wrongdoers coming out of the MeToo hashtag movement contain senators, actors, police superintendents and inspectors, judges, journalists, corporate elite, comedians, pastors, and sports celebs to name a few. Throw in Bill Clinton’s peccadilloes of twenty years ago, JFK’s of over half a century ago, and Donald Trump’s 2016 salacious locker-room conversations, and we start to see the makings of a promiscuous lifestyle that amounts to sexual exploitation and predatorial behaviour. For some in positions of authority, women especially exist as sex objects to be used to gratify narcissistic urges. As these rotters are exposed, society becomes quickly familiar with the depth of their depravity: bizarre sex acts, rape, blackmail, et cetera. What I have found in my brief research, many of these unsolicited acts, as consistently described by their victims, come in bundles, speak to a pattern, and amount to nothing less than sexual assault, whatever people want to make of the finer details. There are three main obstacles facing those who want to clean up this age-old mistreatment of women. One, where does one start when it comes to removing the cancer that likely pervades all levels of society, especially in places of high power? We already have limited successes in dealing with the ills of spousal abuse, domestic violence and child neglect so why even contemplate taking on sexual harassment other than to hypocritically tell the world it’s wrong and leave it at that. Two, we don’t know how to punish the offenders other than to fire them, shame them, sue them, or make them apologize and promise to behave. Experts have even gone as far as to classify sexual harassment as containing five degrees of wrongdoing, including everything from casual sexual advances to predatorial dominance. Three, those in authority, or with considerable social clout, are not likely to take the initiative on changing public or private mores if it doesn’t jive with their personal interests such as job security, collegiality, and status. Yes, sexual harassment, with this latest furor, has been ratcheted up as an important national conversation, but I am not convinced that anything positive will come anytime soon as long as women continue to be afraid to step forward and face the wrongs of the past. To make that happen, perhaps some men need to forsake their piggish ways and start seeking forgiveness by atoning for their grave errors in judgment. If that happened on a large scale, there might be a great reason to hope for an end to this long simmering, unproductive war of the sexes.