Oh boy but the Keyboard Warriors were out in force yesterday!
So there was a high profile rape case. I suspect the only reason that it was so high profile was that the defendants were rugby players, but seeing as I’m not in the slightest bit interested in rugby the trial was of little interest to me.
So the trial chundered on for weeks and lurid accusations and denials were lapped up by the voyeurs. Eventually the jury reached a unanimous verdict – not guilty on all counts.
And that’s when the Interweb lit up.
Naturally there had to be some “hashtags” -#IBelieveHer or #IStandwithher for example. You can’t have a cause without a “hashtag” these days apparently.
And the vitriol flowed…..
“Absolutely fucking disgusting. Her life has been ruined.”
“Disgusting. Yet again men in sport raping a woman and getting away with it.”
“we will not take this verdict lying down” [an unfortunate turn of phrase there?]
You know the type of stuff? There were claims that this verdict would put women off reporting a rape, to which I would ask if they would prefer the innocent be found guilty, just to encourage victims to come forward? There were claims that all men are rapists and that all women are victims – typical guff from the Professionally Outraged.
They are even holding “solidarity marches” to protest at the “injustice”!
As I said, I had no interest in the trial so I didn’t see any of the reported evidence so I am not going to pass any personal opinion on the verdict.
I would ask all those marchers and Keyboard Warriors one question though – how many of them were in court for the entire trial and heard all the evidence?
The jury were there and they came to a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all charges.
Or has the judicial system been superseded by Twitter and Farcebook?