English Professor Discusses Handling of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Former Indians Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway

Kent State's Vera Camden Offers Class on #MeToo Movement
English Professor Vera Camden, Ph.D. spoke with Cleveland-based WKYC's Lynna Lai (on March 2) about Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Cleveland Indians response to Mickey Callaway's behavior. 

"Have the [high-profile] good guys speak up for women," Camden said. "That would be powerful."

Dr. Camden, who teaches Kent State courses on #MeToo among many other topics, says MLB must face its own social reckoning. To that end, she's concerned about reports conflating Callaway's alleged consensual affair, with the allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace.

"These two things are so different, but if you conflate them, maybe you diminish the importance of the workplace harassment question," Camden said.

Aside from the contact received by the husband of Callaway's alleged mistress, The Athletic report notes that none of the women who knew of Callaway's behavior reported it through any official channels. One expressed that if they had, the women would be negatively perceived.

Camden says that is the responsibility of the Indians organization to change that culture. She asks: Who will step up to the plate for women?

To see the full WKYC segment, visit: https://www.wkyc.com/article/sports/mlb/indians/indians-respond-to-callaway-allegation/95-95dfd4a5-aca0-4893-9845-f5c6d2c771e5?fbclid=IwAR0jpnafTNOWnKoLDy9TdL3dO01hnDbOBXGJobGEAsdjU_GlSgSG5y0LY7E

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POSTED: Thursday, March 4, 2021 05:39 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 11:46 AM
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