It's funny that Tyson, a champion for science, was part of a process that wasn't transparent. "It makes sense, as a matter of routine, not to air the results of sexual assault investigations publicly; doing so would open up both Tyson and the women making the allegations to unnecessary public judgment and scrutiny," says Shannon Palus. "But our way of handling this is lopsided: accusers often must come forward in public forums to pressure an investigation into happening at all. This was certainly the case with Tyson, who had been accused of rape by a former classmate several years ago, a claim that only got traction after his assistant came forward, too. The women who aired their claims publicly, and who presumably (though who knows!) participated in this investigation will now have to grapple with the fact that their stories either weren’t taken as the truth or were deemed not worthy of substantial ramification."