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LETTER: There's so much more to #metoo

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To the Editor:

This letter is in response to Darlene Wadleigh's letter published on Sept. 30.

Ms. Wadleigh, you are conflating the #MeToo movement with the current investigation into the alleged sexual assault of Dr. Ford by Judge Kavanaugh. By doing so you have made numerous false statements. Let's look at the facts:

1. Hollywood actresses are not the only women who are part of the #MeToo movement.

Millions of women, young and old, have had to endure sexual assault or harassment and #MeToo helps give them a voice that would otherwise go unheard. These are women that work in such areas of education, finance, military, sales and medicine. These women are just trying to get through the day without having to fend off the unwanted advances of a co-worker, a boss, or a complete stranger. And you think they're bimbos? That's simply insulting to women everywhere.

2. Members of #MeToo are not costing you or any other taxpayer any money at all. The Judge Kavanaugh investigation is costing money, but, again, that has nothing to do with #MeToo. As a taxpayer, I'm happy to have my money go toward investigating someone who has the potential to be on the Supreme Court. It's worth the money to make sure only a truly qualified candidate

gets the job.

3. It's not clear what you mean by "all of this sexual harassment that happened years ago." But, you should know that women continue to be subjected to assaults and harassment and the purpose of #MeToo is to bring awareness of the problem to the public so that it can be stopped.

4. Finally, and most disturbingly, you claim that these women's claims are false. Based on what information? If you want to quote Bible verses, please start with the one about not judging others.

Gail Erickson

Woodinville, Washington, formerly of Mount Vernon