In England, a very evil man has been found guilty of murdering a thirteen year old girl back in 2002. The investigation and, latterly, the court case, was not satisfactory and a lot of mud is being slung about today.
The Chief Constable of the police force involved has gone on record to condemn the defence council for ripping into the deceased girl's family during the trial. I don't know what exactly happened but what I do know sounds absolutely ghastly. The family have received justice but at what price? The deceased girl's sister stated that she had been more upset and devastated by her family's treatment in court than she had been when the police notified her nine years ago that they had found her sister's body.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine was being treated disgustingly by my friend's boss. So, I wrote to my friend's boss's boss and suggested that the boss's boss had a quiet word with the little boss and sorted everything out in a Christian manner. I got an email back from the big boss telling me to butt out and pointing out that if my friend had any complaints about the little boss then my friend should go to the "independent" committee that had been set up by the little bosses to deal with complaints against little bosses.
The thing is my friend only had need to go through the complaints procedure because my friend had been sorely abused. So my friend was, no doubt, at a low point in life, and struggling through all the red tape and then an intrusive, combative legal hearing would only make matters much, much worse.
I myself withdrew my claim against my former employer on the grounds of discrimination, as soon as my former employer instructed his solicitors to get nasty. I did this because I believed that having to go through such a stressful battle, even though I was advised I would win, would result in damage to my health - ironic as it was this health issue that I claimed my former employer had been prejudicial about.
Basically, the only way an abused person can get justice and recompense in our legal systems (at whatever level) always involves having to go through further abuse. No wonder so many abused people never even bother to seek justice or give up at the first sign of maliciousness from the abuser's camp. We know this is true of rape victims, but it is also for every other person who is bullied, abused or treated unjustly by criminals and people with power.
As it is often said, our legal systems care more for the wellbeing of the perp than the victim. But what is the option? Do we presume people guilty until they are proved innocent? All that would do is swap the unfairness from the accuser to the accused and the accused are not always guilty.
I don't know what the answer is but, as a person who has been intimidated into silence and accepting a crappy life by bullies, and as a person who has seen many other people suffering from similar bullying, I am certain that our present system is shit. It kicks people when they are down and even a five year old boy in the school playground knows that to do that is totally unjust.