The burden of proof lies with the accuser and not the accused. That is the bedrock of our criminal justice system. If a person is accused of a crime, the accuser must prove the accused’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Given the #MeToo movement, one would be hard pressed to say the presumption of innocence is still intact.
As an example, look at the accusation against the United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. A man with a pedigree education and impeccable social background. He was accused by Christine Blasey Ford, a psychologist at Standard University, of sexual assault that she claims took place 35-years, ago when they were both teens. They have both testified under oath before the Senate Judiciary committee, but nothing conclusive came from either testimony other than both believing that the story they told to be their truth. He said he didn’t assault her, doesn’t know her, and wasn’t at the party she said he attended. She claimed he was there and did assault (groped) her over her clothing and might have raped her had she not managed to break away. She is unable to give a time, place of where this happened. Kavanaugh, on the other hand, produced a calendar that he kept then and still had, with dates and places he had gone. There was no notation of a party. Without witnesses or corroboration, Democrats and the liberal MSM believed Ford and not Kavanaugh and told the public they too should believe her because after all, she is a woman making a claim against a man. Why would she lie?
Unfortunate for Kavanaugh, he was found guilty in the eyes of the Democrats and liberal MSM the moment the uncorroborated sexual accusation was made by Ford. Neither the Democrats or liberal MSM ever intended to give him a fair shake. They have made the entire accusation political because of the #MeToo movement, which requires you to believe the woman over the man. Not to mention their dislike of President Trump who nominated him. As for Kavanaugh and his stellar reputation, merely collateral damage in the scheme of things. Innocent until proven guilty be damned.
This rush to judgment to believe the woman is very dangerous. I understand why women of sexual assault do not come forward out of fear they will be blamed for the assault. But once they come forward with a claim they shouldn’t immediately be believed. There is a process to be used to get to the truth. Not only that but once investigations are done and proven inconclusive the presumption of innocence remains with the accused.
There are many men who have been railed roaded by charges of false sex crimes. The lives of these men and their families completely destroyed only to find out later the accuser lied.
Brian Banks who was accused of rape in 2002. Sent to prison and in 2011 the accuser admitted she lied.
Alphonso Baity & Jordan Brown accused of rape in 2014 and the accuser recanted her story. The case is still working its way through the system.
Jay Bromley 2016
Duke Lacrosse Team 2006
Like these men, there are and will be other men falsely accused and their good names destroyed for political purposes.
As traumatic as sexual assaults are, being falsely accused and having one’s life destroyed is just as traumatic. Not all accusations of sexual assault are false. Similarly, not all accusations are true. While it is easy to say believe the woman, we must take a pause and give the accused the presumption of innocence, as our laws require. After all, the falsely accused might one day be you, your brother, father, uncle, nephew or friend.
Innocent until proven guilty.