-it's a victim naming an abuser
-it happened to me
-it's from an actual news source
Anonymous accusations are very easily weaponized, so I'm leery of them.
There is a TON of downside: harassment, blacklisting, etc.
Hearing from people who aren't willing to go public, or hearing anonymous reports through a whisper network, are a much tougher ethical call.
It's my personal policy to believe anyone who tells me directly, but I have been burned that way.
When it's something anonymous I hear through the whisper network, I tend to be wary about the person accused, but that's it.
The safety net has giant, gaping holes through which the people who need it the most are falling.
At the same time, the consequences for speaking up are horrendous even for the most privileged women out there.
Most women in games--even white, cis, straight women in management positions--are just trying to *survive* the industry.
And when you see female politicians, female lawyers, female movie stars, etc.--the most privileged women out there--going through hell...
They're public, so they're not leaving out the people whisper networks don't reach, and they're not destroying people's lives the way non-anonymously naming your abuser does.
I don't think there's a good one.
I think the most healthy solutions are:
1) Protecting victims who name abusers publicly so that there's less risk in doing so.
2) Ensuring that marginalized women/NBs/trans men, especially POC, are included in networks.
Again, they're too easy to weaponize, and we've already seen channer ops targeting progressive games people.