Elmo is Innocent (or Why Some People Lie)

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  1. John Schtoll says:

    I wonder about the numbers you gave and why we as a society call 2% ( I will use the lowest number) as a small number, in reality it isn’t and if used in other contexts it would never be called small. Some people have even used the terms RARE and EXTREMELY RARE when using the number of 8%.

    Would you consider it rare (or small) if 2 out of every 100 people who crossed a crosswalk got hit and killed by a car, or how about if 2 patients out of ever hundred who talk a certain pill died from the pill.

    I think context is everything, some people (not you obviously) don’t want to talk about False accusations and would rather assume they don’t exist OR are RARE.

  2. I’ve seen people ignore false accusations on the belief that acknowledging them would hinder real victims of crimes from getting justice.
    It’s pretty nauseating to know that there are people who’d turn a blind eye to someone’s life being destroyed soley on the basis of a another person’s word.

  3. It’s actually rather difficult to have any public and rational conversation about the issues here – because as soon as you do there is the Tsunami of voices that will call out over the percentage of people who are sexual assaulted and then do not speak out.

    It is odd how many voices there are attacked to people who just can’t separate issues and handle them rationally. I hope that this time those voices will be kept to a minimum, but I know from experience that they are always in the wings waiting to call out.

  4. John Schtoll says:

    My showed this post to my wife last night and her response was pretty amazing.

    “Get away from the crosswalk thing, the pill thing and word it this way. What if 2% of women who are raped were killed by their attacker, would anyone say that a woman dieing from her attacker is rare”

  5. I watched the documentary about Kevin Clash this past summer on PBS and was very impressed by him, so when the accusation came out, yes, I felt a bit dismayed and heartbroken – and felt relieved and triumphant when the accuser recanted.

    It brings up a point that I struggle with sometimes, though: believe, or don’t believe, the accuser. Victims of sex crimes often don’t speak up because of fear of being disbelieved, so taking accusations/allegations seriously is, in that light, a Good Thing; but at the same time, my gut reaction to the Kevin Clash news was to not believe it., perhaps because I did not want to believe it. The man I saw in the documentary did not seem capable of rape. Yet, take away the celebrity factor for a second, and say a friend of mine was accused of a sex crime – I wouldn’t want to believe it there either, yet that attitude goes against my advocacy-related beliefs related to victims of these crimes. I’m not sure how to reconcile this.

    Thoughts on this?


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