The list of prominent men accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment has grown today to include one more name: James Levine.
Mr. Levine the legendary conductor of the Metropolitan Opera. He has conducted orchestras all around the world and has mentored musicians and singers who have become successful in their own right.
Mr. Levine has been accused of taking advantage of a young man from the time he was a teenager until the time when he was an adult.
The myth about sexual assault is that the victim is female and the perpetrator is male. That is a fallacy. Victims and perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment can a male and a female or two men and two women. Unfortunately, this fact is often under-reported.
The fact is that we need to have this conversation, regardless of who is the victim and who is perpetrator. We need to openly and honestly talk about this because both sexual assault and sexual harassment are a stain on humanity. Until that stain is cleaned (i.e. these events are prevented and prosecuted, if they cannot be prevented), we will always have this stain on our cultural consciousness.