In all cases involving accusations of child molestation, telling the truth is the most difficult part, especially for the one accused of the crime. There are several reasons why this is true, but among them, two stand out. The first one is the common misconception that children do not tell a lie. Persons who are quite concerned about child's welfare and protection are convinced that a very young child is incapable of lying, especially when it is about a complex issue such as exploitation or molestation. The second one is the tendency of the courts to favor the alleged child victim and err on convicting the accused even without convincing physical evidence.
Yes, children may not know how to lie, but if there is someone who manipulates them to do so, then it’s possible. Being wrongly accused of child molestation is quite common in divorce cases. Wives use and manipulate their children and accuse their husbands of molesting them. The purpose is to gain custody. Obviously, this is a very evil way of ending a family. Not only is the husband deprived of his right to take care of his children, he is also wrongly accused of committing sexual abuse and is at risk of being imprisoned.
Moreover, children also lie because of either pressure or fear. The threat of risking their safety or their own lives will definitely force them to lie about molestation. Sometimes, even their own parents manipulate them to extort money from a wealthy individual or perhaps exact revenge to an enemy. But whatever the reason is, the sad thing is anyone can be victimized by false allegations. And when that happens, there’s a slim hope for the accused to get his way out.
The second issue is about the bias of the courts towards the alleged victims. This fact is supported by the idea that a crime committed against children, especially those sexual in nature, is a crime committed against the whole society. It is an act generally regarded as unforgivable. This is why anyone accused of child molestation instantly becomes a subject of curse and prejudgment from the people that have an interest in the case. Additionally, even the courts heavily lean towards convicting the accused without proper evidence. In the end, the same thing happens – the accused loses the right to get his way out.
While it should not be the case, what happens in the court is that the accused is the one who needs to prove his innocence. The principle of presumption of innocence unless proven guilty does not really apply in reality. He ends up trying to prove that the allegations are false and find the best explanation to disprove the fabricated events.
Of course, as we've said before, the reason why there is such a heavy inclination to put an alleged molester in jail is because it really is a common problem in society and is truly a heinous act. It's important, however, that the pursuit of justice does not become a witch hunt.