Male or female, I don't give a fuck. Stop assuming that you know what is best for me or for any womyn/survivor/victim of sexual assault.
I was over at a friends house the other night when someone was listening to a message on the answering machine. A local male activist had left a message about Rich Makins report back, leaving the home address of where the meeting was to take place. He attempted to gain support with this guilt trip of sorts, stating that, "real allies" should be opposed to Rich Makin taking supposed 'authority' on the situation. Who are you an ally to, Angel? You and your close-knit group of ACA/Hysteria buddies? Funny how you didn't invite any of the womyn at that house to come along on your crusade? But that's right, only men can be allies, and womyn get left behind to take the survivor role, right? You go out and be the MAN, do the dirty work for us fragile women.
FUCK YOU! You obviously aren't protesting Rich's report back to help the womyn he assaulted. And I really doubt you're doing it to keep him from perpetrating further assaults. So why then? Why are you so angry that Rich Makin is fulfilling the demands made of him by taking an active role in combating patriarchal behaviors? BECAUSE YOU ARE A MACHO MACTIVIST JERK!!! I don't know if you want to out do him or just beat him up to prove your support to the community. Either way, your intentions are flawed. Don't you ever claim to be a fucking ally. Until you actually have the support of the whole community, and not just your elitist little click, you will do more harm than good.
As a womyn dealing with sexual assault on a daily basis, I feel much better know that Rich is taking an active role in anti-sexual assault work. That's not to say that this situation is about me personally, it's about the womyn he abused, but I don't know them so I can only come from a personal perspective. The actions you are trying to take, however, frighten me. You should be encouraging Rich to continue this type of work, especially because he has been called out.
Once again, fuck you.