Most of the men named to this point are old enough to have grown children; at the very least old enough to understand. I can't help but wonder where Dad was when teaching the kids proper behavior was taking place. Working late no doubt. Wink, wink.
There are victims other than those who lodged the complaints. There are those wives and children. What must they think? How many will clench their teeth and stand by their men like Eliot Spitzer's or David Vitter's? I'll never forget the look on their faces as they tried to put up a brave front for the TV cameras. And these guys were only involved in prostitution rings. There, at least, the women were willing.
Personally, I most admire Jenny Sanford, the former wife of Congressman Mark Sanford. Sanford disappeared from a hiking trip only to turn up in Argentina with his soul mate. Mrs. Sanford said, in essence, "Okay, I'm outta here."
Why do wives stay? Is it because on their own they wouldn't be able to maintain their lifestyle? Do they really love the guy so unequivocally that he, in their eyes, can be forgiven anything? Wow.
I think if it were me back in the day I'd have taken the Jenny Sanford route. Even if my lifestyle changed, I think I could have made a decent living and could have lived with myself knowing I hadn't condoned something horribly out of step with honesty, decency and trust.
How do the kids react? That I cannot answer. I should think such a revelation would have put a wedge in their relationship with their Dads. At least it should.
Yes, there are victims all around. Since I'm not particularly prone to victimhood in my own circumstances and I have the freedom to self-identify these days I think I'll identify as decent with a strong moral compass. I hope the victims of this mass lunacy will find it within themselves to do the same.