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Re: “Letters to the editor, March 31, 2016

Why are you calling out the judge? He arrived at the only verdict he could when presented with the evidence--personal accounts of three people who did not tell the truth on the stand and who tried to conceal the extent of their communication. The justice system did not convict a man based on falsehoods and in that regard acted perfectly, even though the accused is likely guilty.
Christine said in her letter that the justice system needs to evolve into something that gives everyone a fair trial. The justice system does do this, by not presuming guilt and requiring trustworthy evidence to support a guilty verdict. Three women lied under oath and in so doing cost themselves the verdict they sought. That's not the fault of the legal system. It's theirs, "theatre at its best" indeed.
These letters demand a seperate legal system to try sexual abuse cases. They do not suggest how these courts would operate nor do they offer a course that would protect from false allegations--allegations that occur far more than 2% of the time.
Above all else these letters perpetuate the narrative that men are always abusers and women victims. 30% of lesbians report sexual abuse at the hands of other women, and estimates run as high as 45% for the number of lesbians treated violently by female partners (see
In fact, women are as abusive as men - see
Change requires open and frank dialogue that accepts both men and women as aggressors and both as victims. Portraying everything as an attack on women who need special courts and rights is sexist. Amend your statements to include men as victims as well, and women as aggressors, and you'll find more support.

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Posted by Sittingontheshore on 03/31/2016 at 7:49 PM

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