I think this myth of the false accusation that ruins people’s lives is larger than that and quite alive and well in the #MeToo era, and I do get that since James actually experienced that in another context, it particularly resonates for him. But it’s still a myth, as relates to sexual harassment, assault and rape.
This excellent article explains it very well including acknowledging the ways that “believing women” was used against Black men in the past.
On the fear of ‘false accusation’
CW: sexual violence, rape culture, victim blaming & denial, gaslighting
“No one reports the shitty asinine mistake — and the fear that they will circles back to the same beliefs and misunderstandings that underlie the “false accusation” trope. Because to believe that someone will report the shitty asinine mistake is once again to ignore the way in which society is structured against the reporting of sexual violence by victims. To report sexual violence — and particularly to make a specific accusation — requires bravery and substantial impetus.”
Edit: The reality is, that the only people whose lives get ruined when women make allegations of rape or assault are the women themselves, even when there is ample evidence that it did indeed occur. This is why this topic is so compelling to me.