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Re: “The two faces of Bo Lozoff

Having read the article and comments, including Mr. Lozoff's, I have a couple of thoughts. I do not think that the article paints Mr. Lozoff as badly as he thinks, as it does note on several occasions that he's done good and important work over the years. However, the parts that were not about his sexual improprieties with women did have the feel of having come from one or two people with a grudge and were not well supported. If hundreds of ex-cons, many with troubled personal histories and countless issues stemming from their incarceration, did stay at Kindness House, it would be shocking if the Independent couldn't find a bunch who were unable to discipline themselves there (or anywhere) and had had bad experiences at least partly of their own making. If Mr. Dessert was a primary source and Mr. Lozoff's assertions about him and the other male sources are correct, it makes me question much of that part of the article. The sections about the sexual improprieties were much more disturbing to me, and I am not satisfied by Mr. Lozoff's response. Call me ignorant, but vulnerable women may not grasp the subtle nuances of his approach or his excuse, and intercourse is not required for sexual harassment, emotional manipulation, psychological abuse etc.. I have worked on several hotlines and can tell you that the lines for people on the receiving end are often pretty blurry, and someone in his position of power should have avoided getting even close to them. He has enough experienced with damaged people to understand their fragility, whether ex-cons or volunteers, and should have known better. The story should have been written and is a good cautionary tale, but in the end I'm left with too many unanswered questions.

Posted by LesRalph on 08/30/2008 at 10:29 AM

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