in the case of ira gray, what happened to innocent until proven guilty?
i realize that in order to deny and combat rape culture in our society, we have been taught to always believe the victims. i am not trying to say they are lying, i am not trying to say he did nothing wrong. i would like to remain neutral on this subject until there are more facts/evidence presented.
i just want to know how, if nobody wants to take legal action regarding this matter, anybody will ever know the truth. it is literally a case of he said-she said on both sides right now and i don’t find ostracizing him from the only community he knows based on something with no evidence to back it up, to be fair.
So, in the numerous cases (i.e., vast majority of them) where legal charges and conviction are not a realistic option, this means that everyone is obligated to treat the accused rapist exactly as if no accusation had ever been leveled? No one is allowed to decide that this person is not the right choice to represent their group or cause? No one is allowed to decide if they feel unsafe? No one is allowed to offer support or comfort to the survivors in a public place, or place that might reflect poorly on the never-proven-but-accused?
Sorry, no. “Innocent until proven guilty” is like “freedom of speech”. It’s a legal concept. It’s an important legal concept. It’s got no bearing on interpersonal interaction, though. It doesn’t trump other rights, like, say… freedom of association. Or that freedom of speech I just mentioned.
“Innocent until proven guilty” means that we don’t stand for our government grabbing Ira Gray for imprisonment or other punishment without due process. That’s all it means. It has nothing to do with what you or I or anyone else thinks about the situation, or what we say or do about it.