The testimony this week will again remind us of the #MeToo moment we’re living in. It’s tragic, it’s pervasive, and the way we communicate about it will have consequences. It seems obvious that you want to speak carefully and factually whenever you’re asked about sexual harassment claims, but HOW and WHEN you say what you say matters.
Step 1: Don’t do this.
Step 2: Consider this approach instead.
- Don’t pretend to know the facts.
- Reiterate that it’s important to know the truth before making a judgment.
- If a claim seems politically motivated, focus on the process rather than the victim’s authority.
Here’s an example of how you can navigate a reporter’s question about sexual harassment claims you know nothing (or very little) about:
Q: Who do you think is telling the truth?
A: These are serious allegations, and it’s irresponsible to make a judgment before we know all the facts. I hope, for the sake of both parties involved, that the facts come out soon.