Women should NOT have to put up with this kind of behavior. It is highly invasive and inappropriate. Lucy’s allegations should be taken extremely seriously. I’m also disappointed that Biden hasn’t actually apologized and does not seem to be taking responsibility for his misbehavior.
I wonder though whether bringing every single transgression into the court has of public opinion and the media isn’t hitting every nail with a sledgehammer.
About 10 years ago, a female supervisor stroked the back of my neck and softly kissed it as I was working. I was horrified and felt violated. If I heard today she was running for office I personally wouldn’t go public because I think the impact on her career and reputation would be a punishment that far outweighs the crime. I DID confront her at the time and very assertively told her to stop and to never do it again. That was the end of the matter. I also followed up with HR because I was worried about losing my job but they weren’t very helpful.
Since then long after I stopped working there we stayed in touch and met for lunch a few times.