I had written a somewhat long post that I have refrained, so far, from publishing.
And I'm going to publish this one instead, although I'd like to make a point or two in this post that will have been made in the other post, if I decide to publish that one. (That one's just a bit too incendiary perhaps.)
Let's stipulate that some women were harmed as a result of abuse by Sasaki Roshi - though I have absolutely positively no first hand knowledge of any events in the matter. My interest is that of a lay practitioner in the Rinzai school, as well as a guy who's known his share of bad things flown his way and all related suffering to that. Not to mention all the crap that I've inflicted on others as well.
But were all women who interacted with Sasaki Roshi harmed, and were they all harmed to the same degree?
Likely not. This is not to minimize the suffering of all who were greatly harmed but it is to point out a fact that is sometimes lost, especially if one is too attached to a narrative.
Richard Dawkins, in his book The God Delusion mentioned that he was the recipient of highly inappropriate sexual advances on the part of some clergy member. But Dawkins makes a very interesting point, one that I heartily endorse. That point is that the abuse of children by attempting - and succeeding often - at convincing them they are fundamentally damaged goods who will suffer the fires of hell for eternity can be far more damaging and widespread than the incidents of sexual abuse by Christian clergy.
He's so right.
I was never sexually abused by clergy, but I sure as hell was the recipient of various forms of abuse predicated upon the above narrative.
We should be careful about the narratives we are prescribing for the harm we see around us.