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It should be up to an accuser to prove their case, and if they have no proof then the person they accused should remain innocent in everyone’s eyes.
This is increasingly how ‘justice’ does not work.
A recent case in Vorarlberg, Austria, highlights this perfectly. We might well wonder why this case even got to court but this is not some example of repressive tactics unique to Austria, it is just as likely to happen in United States as it did there.
A rape that never happened
One thing is for sure, according to video recording: the alleged rape never happened. The 21-year-old accuser is not dragged by a man into the toilet of a disco, but she is holding hands as they go in the direction of the loos. Outside, the man then waits four minutes, playing around with his cell phone and waiting for the young woman to come out again. He stays fixed in view of a camera all the time, and is shown to never enters the ladies’ room.
Yet the young woman cried bitterly in the taxi going home and tells her friend of a rape. “I believe her one hundred percent,” says the girlfriend in the witness box.
And that may be the biggest part of the problem. “Believe the victim” has not only become too big a mantra in people’s heads but people have forgotten that the victim might well be the person accused, not the person making the allegations.
A psychiatric report has been ordered to clarify whether it is possible that the alleged victim imagined the whole story. Even the video evidence of innocence might not be enough if a shrink follows the “believe the victim” doctrine.
This entry is based on a translation from VOL.AT by Christiane Eckert.