I have mixed
feelings on the social media campaign accusing specific individuals of misbehaviour: bad or even criminal behaviour should be addressed through either administrative or legal channels! BUT: I understand the frustration of many victims who have seen perpetrators
walk away free. There are clearly senior members of our profession who have abused their position and have gotten away for far too long. Calling them out publicly as last resort, everything else having failed, can be justified. And this is also on the
background that there is clearly a limitation of what any system to judge and penalise sexual harassment can achieve: too often, there are “he says, she says” situations, reference to different cultures, misunderstandings etc. Yes, there are clear-cut
cases, but there are also many cases that non-observing outsiders might perceive as borderline (even though they are not!). As pointed out here, the problem of publicly accusing
people is that it might make male economists more reluctant to work with female economists. And unfortunately, there is the risk that innocent bystanders are pulled into this, simply by being co-authors or friends of perpetrators (which also happened this
weekend). So, having missed the chance to address the problems in due time has resulted in a very bad situation!