OPINION: I stand with sex abuse victims – do you?
"I GIVE the victim the benefit of the doubt when it comes to allegations of rape and sexual abuse."
The words of feminist commentator Roxanne Gay would not go astray this week.
Like Ms Gay, I am not ashamed of saying that if I have to pick sides in a rape case, I'm on the side of the victim.
I do have sympathy for those who are wrongly accused.
At the same time, I am not on board with hanging a victim out to dry and calling them vile names.
Unfortunately this week we have seen just that.
A Tinana woman has been called a liar, among other things, after her abuser was sentenced to a 12 month wholly suspended jail term for inappropriately touching her while giving massage therapy.
In this case there is no doubt.
The man pleaded guilty and the eye of justice has treated him as such.
Getting on social media and attacking the woman who was brave enough to come forward helps no one.
Victims of sexual abuse are already facing what the woman described as "the scariest experience of her life".
Do people really need to add to that by calling them liars?