What I am taking issue with here is the fact that the townspeople don't even really care to find out if it happened. They have no sense of decency at all towards the girl.
It's not about assuming the guy is guilty, or treating him as if he is before that's known. It's about just being a decent person.
As to false allegations, I'm not ok with them. But someone asked how often they happened, and I answered: rarely.
Where have I said I'm "ok" with that? I am simply pointing out this baseless, oft-repeated meme about how women are so evil-willed and constantly accuse men of rape for no reason is just another attempt to devalue women when they do report.
We shouldn't assume anything when a woman reports. We should simply treat her respectfully and humanely, investigate the allegations respectfully and humanely, and make a real good-faith effort to find out.
If they are true, we should sentence appropriately and with the goal in mind of how to best protect society, not how to best stone the convicted. Keep in mind, I'm against the death penalty not just for all the practical reasons, but also because I don't think it becomes a developed nation to act like its criminals.
It was investigated, you just think it wasn't because the kid isn't in prison right now.
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There are consequences for false claiming. They can be quite serious in the case of false sexual abuse claims -- including jail time.
The investigation seems decent. It's everything that happened around it that is horrifying.
Again, I have spent virtually no time at all discussing the actual case. I am discussing the social climate. Pay attention and try to keep up.