Reply To: U.S. Olympic swimmers’ lies unravel under scrutiny : The danger of simply believing

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Larry

I am not sure I understand your message. You said that you “do recommend prosecuting false allegation.” I assume you actually meant that you do not. You have totally missed the point of the article. The main points are: (1) society should not assume a person is guilty simply because they have been accused of a sexual offense which is what some victims’ advocates say should be done because victims of sexual abuse do not lie in their opinion; and (2) law enforcement must conduct thorough investigations of all criminal allegations which means asking the accuser uncomfortable questions, particularly when there are inconsistencies. The inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s stories is what exposed the hoax in this case. What would have happened if the Brazilian authorities had simply believed the Americans?