Reply To: The cost of speaking good of a convicted sexual offender

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David Kennerly

Silence is seen as the only acceptable, though suspicious, alternative to shrieking in outrage at the “sex offender.” Those who would publicly defend them invite immediate castigation and, in this case, loss of livelihood. As with ancient witchhunts (although still happening, apparently, in parts of Africa) anyone so brave as to defend the accused was likely to find themselves so-accused and burned, hung by the neck or drowned.