Can you link me an article or something where the viewpoint of always aligning with survivors is explored in more depth? I’ve heard only it recently, but several times in a brief period, and my cursory search turned up mostly people arguing really rabidly against it. It sort of sticks in my craw, but I do feel that it could be correct.
As for your second paragraph, that’s something I don’t fully understand. So, I agree with you that his general glossing over of the sexual encounters and attempting to bolster his narrative with positive socializing are sketchy. But if we imagine a world in which Ben is entirely innocent (and I read this response as a denial of the claims): is he expected not to support himself? I mean, sure it might be nothing compared to the pains of a survivor, but the difficulties that he’s encountered as a result of these allegations aren’t trifling. So in the alternate, pigs-flying world where he is innocent, and he sees his career dissolving as a result of false claims, he’s just supposed to… what? Acquiesce? That seems… weird. Or at the very least unrealistic to expect.