From BBC Scotland last night:
An appeal has been dismissed after a former Labour MP’s claim that he was groped by a Conservative politician in a House of Commons bar was rejected. Paul Sweeney accused then-Tory MP Ross Thomson of trying to fondle him and force his hand down his trousers in 2018. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards cleared Mr Thomson in October last year after an inquiry. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards had said witness statements did not support Mr Sweeney’s version of events. While she said that Mr Thomson had invaded his accuser’s personal space by leaning on him and repeatedly putting his arm around him, she concluded that this did not amount to being sexually inappropriate.
Had Mr Sweeney been a woman and Mr Thomson been a senior SNP politician, would that have been sexually inappropriate even harassment?
In the Scottish Parliament Sexual Harassment and Sexist Behaviour Survey report of February 2018, the most reported forms of unwanted physical contact experienced were the invasion of personal space with touching of shoulders, back and other parts.
From the UN Women Watch definition, sexual harassment is described as including unwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching. hugging, kissing, patting, or stroking.
I fail to see the difference other than that the victim here was a man. Is the judge (she) suggesting Sweeney should have been more of a man and punched Thomson?