a reply to: and14263
I believe that we should protect our young from this sort of harm, but I do not believe that doing so can be acheived by trying cases which cannot
result in a conviction. I DO believe that any assault, be it sexual or otherwise, against a child, ought to carry a sentence equal to that of mass
The people who get convicted of blatant child molestation, causing serious injury to a child through violence, or any similar criminal act, should
never see daylight, never be released to live amongst the general public, and never be in a position to ever harm another human being again.
That said, no one should ever be prosecuted or convicted unless there is sufficient evidence to convict them, no matter the crime they are accused
of. Otherwise, law, which is a flawed and broken thing at the best of times, will become more monsterously insane than it already is, and changing the
measure by which convictions are secured, so that little to no actual evidence is required, will without doubt result in innocent parties going to
jail, and may even be used to secure convictions for awful crimes, which will see political dissenters, protest leaders, and persons who displease
governments, being sent down for things that they have simply not done.
It is attitudes toward the crimes themselves, attitudes toward child safety and PREVENTION of these crimes, which need to change, not the way the
court measures guilt. Those who have been silent through fear, need to be empowered to speak with loud voice, not by a court decision, but by public
support. Those who see things happening that concern them, but do not speak up for fear of being proven wrong and called a busy body need to speak up,
and abandon their concern for themselves, in favour of protecting the defenseless.
But changing the way a court decides on a persons guilt, is not an acceptable way forward. Guilt must be established beyond reasonable doubt, if it
is to be established at all, or more chaos and damnation than even we, in this era of horrors, can possibly imagine, WILL be the only result.