Aida del Valle, Esq. 
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Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

With all due respect, Florie Wild, Steve's care and compassion to you personally is not what we should be looking at right now. I learned some valuable lessons at Interchange also. So what? How does that in any way modulate the repugnant nature of Steve's actions in so many instances? Or are you doubting the testimony of six women who have risked re-traumatizing themselves to speak out? What kind of a psychologist are you, anyway?

What DOES need attention is Steve's abuse of power again and again, with a ruthlessness that is chilling at best. And these were women usually at least 15 years his junior, and often women of color from traumatic economic, psychological, and life-threatening illness backgrounds! It is actually appalling to me that you would take this opportunity to speak on his behalf instead of expressing compassion for these poor women, who have put themselves on the line so courageously. In this climate of abuse of sexual power on the part of men the world over, and with six women having the guts to file a lawsuit, one of them a cancer survivor as the article states, how could you say you are "confused"? About what? How much clarity do you need? Is it news to you that nice people can do monstrous things? That Steve displayed remarkable levels of hubris and authoritarian control of his organization? Perhaps time to read a feminist treatise or two. Or learn something about the oppression of women of color to fill out your psychological training. Also check your internalized oppression, and see how much kool-aid you drank. You stun me.

To all you beautiful and strong women who have had the courage to speak up against your exploitation, there are lots of us who care about YOU.

Posted by Aida del Valle, Esq. on 12/14/2017 at 9:40 PM

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