Originally Posted By: SoccerStar

The first - Sheldon Stevens - tells a very different story. He insists he was a heterosexual and a virgin and at 15 only hung out with Clash because the older man promised he'd help build an acting career. That when they were together Clash plied him with drugs and steered everything towards sex, and now with it all done he's dealing with confusing SSA feelings. This is the one who recanted his accusation, then un-recanted it and gave the money back.

Kinda hard to know how to respond.


Recanting or retraction of accusations (when they are likely true) is a common enough phenomenon that it's pretty well documented in scholarly shrink publications. This is more often the case when children are reporting when they are STILL children, but the principles remain for younger adults (who are reporting being abused as children) as well.

One such paper is the "Practice parameters for the forensic evaluation of children and adolescents who may have been physically or sexually abused" published by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9432518

In fact, that paper knows what it's talking about: one of the principal authors of the paper was past president of the AACAP, william hamilton ayres, a "psychiatrist" who was convicted on 8 counts of child molestation just this past May. He awaits sentencing this coming Monday.

I, for one believe that it is most likely that even the young man who has recanted his testimony was telling the truth when he made his initial claims.

It's crushing that so many people stand up for these criminals that victims simply recant rather than live with the ire and backlash.