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The Yewtree Report: are we in the midst of a witch hunt? Watch

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    The recent allegations of historic peadophillia claims have been rife in the media lately, but does anyone else think that there's almost a witch hunt going on, and that those that are convicted are being completely demonised? Of course, I'm not stating that rape or peadophillia is acceptable under any circumstances, but could it be claimed that these people are being completely violated?
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    Their names should not be released to the public until after conviction, for a start. There needs to be a fair trial.
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    Yewtree is pulling in celebrities where 17 year olds are claiming that such and such celebrity raped her in 1960 or so.

    Even some of the worst examples are statutory rape (sex with someone aged 13-15, even if with some degree of their consent). Events that would not have been illegal at all in some countries.

    Yes, there have been some examples of younger girls as well but they have been for fondling.

    Yes it's not nice and if it's illegal and involving children it should be punished. But it's also not mostly quite the same as the very worst paedophiliac crimes that there are. I suppose the fact these people held famous positions of power is part of the hurt. But in the 70s and 80s lots of people were in absolute thrall to light entertainers. The famous were attracted to the innocence and availability of youth and the youth were attracted to people who may have had more charisma than all the people that they knew put together.
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    (Original post by MJK91)
    Their names should not be released to the public until after conviction, for a start. There needs to be a fair trial.
    Doesn't happen for many people unfortunately. It's not fair since the acquitted are usually still vilified, even if they are proven innocent. But innocence doesn't sell the headliners.
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    It also kind of brings about the question of should punishment be left to the punishers, or to other tools of society as well. The media and so on can be seen as one of the most predominant part of punishment for anyone who was committed any kind of 'atrocity' as opposed to any custodial sentence. And as a result, the punishment isn't fair and, as said above, those who are found to be innocent still undergo retributive consequences that may not be (or should not be) necessary because of these other tools.
 
 
 
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