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In age of #MeToo, can there be forgiveness, second chances?

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press

One of the men who has lost his job amid sexual misconduct allegations has asked: Is there room for redemption in the #MeToo movement?

Many experts say there needs to be. But they say it takes work and willingness from both the perpetrator and society at large.

Tom Ashbrook, who was fired as host of the National Public Radio program "On Point," asked about forgiveness in a column in The Boston Globe last week. He was cleared of the misconduct allegations but fired for creating an "abusive work environment."

University of Illinois College of Law Professor Lesley Wexler says the idea of restorative justice could provide a model, including making amends to the victim and being public about what was done wrong and how the perpetrator can change.

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