When Should You Automatically Believe a Rape Victim? December 20, 2014Posted by Sobek in News.
It depends who “you” are.
1. If you’re on a jury, the answer is “never.” If he or she was a victim, let the prosecution prove it.
2. If you’re a cop, the answer is “always,” at least as long as you’re taking the initial report. As you continue with your investigation you can decide how much to believe.
3. If you’re reading about it in a newspaper or on a blog, the answer is “never.” The first news report is almost certainly riddled with errors, and that’s assuming the writer isn’t intentionally lying, stretching the facts, or ignoring inconvenient facts to suit a narrative. That doesn’t mean the victim is lying, it means wait for more information.
4. If you’re a feminist reporter looking for a story to advance your agenda, the answer is “never.” But if you’re a feminist reporter, you’re not reading this blog or interested in suggestions that might help you avoid public humiliation.
5. If you’re a psychic/polygrapher, the answer is “whenever the spirits/polygraph machine confirm what the victim is telling you.”