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Sen. Bob Packwood's long, strange and now public record as the Senate's boorish kissing bandit has turned him into Exhibit A in the rogues' gallery of women's movement villains.

In the past 25 years or so - the approximate period of accumulated complaints at Packwood's skirt-chasing, groping, kiss-stealing and all-around goofy conduct - American women by the millions have been victimized by sexual harassment, from unwanted advances to violence and rape.And millions of men who harassed women - foul-mouthed dullards, rapists, even kissing bandits like Packwood - have escaped punishment and criticism, among them famous men who served ahead of Packwood in the Senate.

Those were days when elevator pinchers, office couch Lotharios and notorious drunken lechers alike were gossip items on Capitol Hill but never brought to book as Packwood has been brought to book in Senate Ethics Committee proceedings now in their third year.

And, in a very real sense, Packwood is paying and will continue to pay for all those other boors in Congress and in public life and all the millions of American men who got away with it and still get away with it when women are victims and no one cares.