Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Woman accused of sex crime deserves her good name every bit as much as a male accused of a sex crime

A woman has been accused of making sexual advances to teenage boys in a lurid news story that is sure to attract a lot of attention because of its provocative nature. 

But her attorney says the allegations are false, the nasty result of a nasty custody battle. 

We don't know what the truth is, but we know that just as a presumed innocent man should be afforded anonymity for alleged crimes of a sexual nature, so, too, should this woman.  Why?  Because she might be factually innocent, but now her good name has been destroyed, possibly forever.  Even if the charges are dropped and even if the claims are found to be false, she likely will never again get a decent job.  Her social relationships likely are destroyed beyond repair, too.

Yes, I know: false allegations happen to men far more than women.  But that little fact doesn't really help a specific woman who happens to be on the receiving end of it, does it?  If she was falsely accused, the two advantages that she'll have over a falsely accused man are: (1) if she is convicted, she'll serve far less prison time -- if any -- in all likelihood; and (2) the stigma won't be as severe -- but it'll be severe enough.

You see, this site is about victims of a certain kind of crime, not whether those victims have a Y-chromosome.