Let’s be honest. Sexual misconduct is found inside both parties. It is found in Hollywood. It is found in churches. It is found wherever people have power over other people.
Let’s continue to be honest. There have also been some cases in which various people used accusations of sexual misconduct to get back at someone. This has been a minority of cases so far, as in various of the current cases, the people were able to present some level of proof.
Most cases of sexual misconduct happened. Because witness testimony has issues, it means that someone’s memories may not be completely accurate. This allows those who committed the sexual misconduct to accuse the other side of lying. But, anyone who has worked in law enforcement can tell you that the stress of a situation in which one is a victim can indeed twist memories somewhat. This does not mean the event did not happen, but it may mean that every detail is not accurate. Law enforcement, and priests, have to make some judgments about what really happened. But, they know that something evil happened.
Here is what we cannot do. We cannot simply say that if we find one thing wrong about your testimony that this means you are lying. It may mean nothing more than that you are so traumatized that your mind bent some of the events. The question is whether the evidence supports the accusation.
In the cases of Trump, of Hillary’s aide, of the Olympics gymnastics physician, of Harvey Weinstein, etc., the preponderance of the evidence points to truth. I suspect this will be true here as well. The more powerful the man, the more I tend to believe the story. But, I know I must wait for evidence.
A non-Christian part of me thinks that bringing Singapore-like caning to the USA may not be all that bad. I know that is wrong, but …
Here is a small Easter egg for you. If you go to this post on my website and click on the photograph, it will take you to a company that offers a course on sexual misconduct for colleges. The photograph is their photograph, used under the Fair Use principle.