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Innocent Until Proven Guilty

by James N. Watkins

Posted: November 17, 2017

A call for perspective as accusations begin to fly…


First, I have no sympathy for anyone who would sexually abuse another person. Period. None.

But second—and a big second—I do have sympathy for that person until they are proven guilty—beyond a shadow of doubt—by a court of law.

When I was a young youth pastor, I got a call from a girl who had visited our youth group.

“You raped me when you drove me home last night, and now I’m pregnant.”

I replied, “I’m not sure how that happened since my mom was sitting right between us on the ride to your house.”

“Oh.” [Click]

In today’s culture, I would be on the news and branded a pedophile despite taking—and continuing to take—extreme measures to never be alone with someone of the opposite sex.

Please remember as you hear of the latest sexual accusations—and there will probably be a dozen more just today—those alleged offenders are to be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law—not the court of public opinion!

Thanks for sharing on your social networks if you agree.


Jim Watkins is a humorist, author, and speaker who says of himself that he "loves God, his family, writing, speaking and Chinese food—in that order"

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Posted: November 17, 2017

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