I’m not sure why you think anyone is advocating for dispensing with due process. Believing a victim means doing an actual investigation. Do you have any idea how many rape kits sit on shelves and are never even looked at? It’s a large percentage. The former police sergeant from Fort Worth in the Amber Wyatt case said they often had plenty of real evidence but didn’t pursue cases of sexual assault or that grand juries would decline to indict even when the evidence was substantial, including confessions and photographs. That’s what not believing victims looks like.

Wouldn’t you have liked to have had an actual investigation done in your case? In the recent case, believing Dr. Ford means taking more than his word that he didn’t do anything. It means interviewing other relevant parties where you can ask them actual specific questions and not just read a signed statement. I just don’t get your pushback around this honestly. Believing victims means taking their claims seriously enough to look into them further and to try to really get to the truth- which quite often isn’t what happens now. It doesn’t mean punishing people on someone else’s say-so with no investigation or due process.

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