I tend to believe the victim, not the perpetrator
Weinstein Isn’t The Only One: Screen Celebs Who Abuse Women or Children
Beth Winegarner

sympathetic, naieve, dangerous. People lie, people are often victims, being a victim, or claiming victimhood doesn’t mean you aren’t lying. In fact someone who feels wronged, along with people who might stand to gain something by suiting someone else would have all kinds of motive to lie. It is brave and right for true victims to come forward, but believing (for whatever psychological reason) that anyone claiming abuse was done to them is telling the truth — shame on you if that’s your stance. Be careful with the fires you start because you feel like other fires are already burning. Do try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Or you become another -ist like the -ists you despise.

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