#MeToo threat to judiciary
Sir, – This weekend marks the first anniversary of the #MeToo movement, originally meant to deliver justice to women who were victims of a heinous crime.
One year on it threatens to undermine the very bedrock of our judiciary.
Our system of justice is based on the fundamental principle of innocent until proven guilty, yet men accused today of sexual assault are shunned and hounded, immediately lose their livelihoods and in some cases take their own lives.
The movement demands that women who say they have been raped must be believed and anyone who fails to accept their every word as gospel is denounced as being a “victim-blamer”, a “victim-shamer” and even a “rape apologist”. This is preposterous. False rape allegations range up to 20%, driven by anonymity, revenge, the need for an excuse, or the hope of financial gain (eg the huge rise in complainants when Jimmy Saville’s charities offered compensation).
Rev Dr John Cameron. Howard Place, St Andrews.