It seems like everywhere I turn these days, I encounter stories about men abusing women. I don’t even know what to say at this point. My grandmother would have said, “where there is smoke, there’s fire.”
It will come as no surprise to anyone the public opinion will vary with all sides coming in to question.
“How do we know this really happened if there are no witnesses?”
“Why did the girls wait so long to come forward?”
“It’s all lies and fake news.”
“These woman are making it all up for the publicity.” (Can you remember the name of one woman who came forward to accuse Trump or Bill Cosby? That is how much this supposed publicity stunt worked for these women.)
Consider what survivors who attempt to come forward have to face in the public eye. Everyone from the President to politicians from both sides of the aisle and anyone else implicated in a rape will skirt the issue by reminding us that we need to get the “whole story” before passing judgement.
While I agree that we need all the facts, I haven’t come across any stories of rapists and their accomplice’s who’ve come forward willing to corroborate the victim’s story.
The brutal truth is that very few people want to believe the rape victim. While there have been victims who have later admitted they lied, there are far more real survivors who have to choose whether or not to come forward and withstand the public scrutiny of sharing their story. Should we be punishing every real victim for the poor judgement of the false accuser’s?
If that’s the case, then, collectively, we all have to own every lie we have ever told because almost all lies hurt someone else, don’t they?