"We aren't trying to hurt anyone. We just want to be heard and accepted and believed"
Well said. Frankly, I know exactly how you feel about the "conspiracy of silence." There are already psychological obstacles and social pressures that persuade survivors to remain silent for far too long but when it comes to the legal stuff we really have our work cut out for us. I believe in due process and "innocent until proven guilty" as I am sure most people here. However, it is also understood a mere accusation of a crime (especially rape) is destructive to a person's reputation. So yeah slander and libelous suits are an option put in place to dissuade false accusations and I get it.
Regardless, it pisses me off knowing just how much protection is out there for perps. Even guys as bad Sandusky get away with it for decades before having a judge give him 30-60 years on 45 counts of soul murder instead of the 442 years he deserved all because a stiffer sentence would be "too abstract." What the hell are you talking about judge? Maureen Down wrote "it was an open joke in Penn State football circles that you shouldn't drop your soap in the shower when Jerry was around". Dowd concluded her column in the next line with "Only the boys in the shower weren't laughing." Neither am I...
"Life is like this dark tunnel. You may not always see the light at the end of the tunnel, but if you keep moving, you will come to a better place." ~ General Iroh