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The club is closing

12/15/2017, 7:42 a.m.

But silence has amounted to protecting the guilty. And many offenders continued their patterns of sexual harassment, abuse, assault and even rape.

By standing up and stating what has happened to them, women have gained the personal strength and public support to say, “Enough is enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.”

Younger women now don’t have to live with the bogus rationales “boys will be boys” or “men are men” that seek to dismiss disrespectful and aberrant behavior. They will feel safe and empowered if they encounter any such episodes in the future. 

To the crinkly skinned octogenarians who want to parade around naked, to the younger pervs who drop trou and seek to bend a woman over a desk and take advantage of her, the club is closed. The “casting couch,” viewed by some as a cultural norm in the past, has been taken to the dump.

That also goes for President Trump, who has gleefully boasted that he can simply start kissing a woman or grab a woman by her private parts because “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

On Tuesday, more than 100 members of Congress, including nearly 60 women, signed a letter calling for an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations several women have leveled against the president. 

At least six members of Congress, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have called on President Trump to resign.

We believe he should resign as well.

It’s time that we completely shut the door on the ol’ boy club that regarded such vile, reprehensible behavior as OK — because it’s not.

Once we close the door and lock it, we all will be stronger for it.