#MeToo threat to ju­di­ciary

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

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