Our thanks to Nigel for this. He writes:
Here we have the inevitable result of insisting on “believe” even anonymous teenage postings in the “twittersphere”. Assumptions of guilt and investigations by police of things that are most likely a waste of their time. Meanwhile a boy or young man is branded a sexual predator in a society hungry for salacious gossip.
Of course an investigation will not result in anything negative for the anonymous poster. Though I generally support the idea that justice should be seen to be done and oppose anonymity. I can’t see any just option other than defendants have anonymity until a crime is proven. Otherwise, as we see here, guilt is presumed at the first mention of a name and punishment begins immediately. Though generally men are completely on their own when faced with such accusations, I have some hope that the fact that mothers may stand up for their sons may cause a few more to listen to the obvious damage done by presuming all boys are rapists.
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