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Sexual Misconduct
Reporting Successes

Articles reporting sexual misconduct are often biased toward describing negative outcomes, with a fixation on retaliation. One reason positive outcomes receive far less media attention is that organizations often require nondisclosures in settlements with victims and survivors when an executive or manager is credibly implicated. Many positive outcomes do not provide complete resolution, but as TaralĂȘ Wulff described, "Harvey Weinstein's Prison Sentence Can Never Heal Me. But It's a Start." Below, we list outcomes that begin to acknowledge the victim's or survivor's experience.

Financial Settlements

While it is unclear that any compensation is sufficient, particularly in the case of assault, financial compensation serves to recognize harm. Financial settlements also serve to assign a concrete cost to companies for allowing sexual misconduct to take place, and to perpetrators for their egregious behavior.

Perpetrator Departures

Dismissal or exits of executives and managers who have engaged in sexual misconduct are another non-prosecutorial outcome of reporting.

Court Trials of Perpetrators

Court cases can make public what is often kept quiet, and they can set a precedent.

Admissions and Apologies

Admissions of guilt are rare; apologies are rarer; and sincere apologies are rarest of all. As well, there is a reasonable question about whether a serial perpetrator, in particular, has reformed. Nevertheless, sincere apologies move away from denial, which causes unnecessary trauma to survivors and victims. Sincere apologies may serve to reassure the victim or survivor that the perpetrator understands and regrets the wrongdoing. Below are many different examples of apologies, some more sincere than others.