We applaud this brave woman for reporting the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of George Zimmerman.
She surely knows it’s dangerous to lie to law enforcement. The fact that she disclosed to law enforcement adds credibility to her report. We also find it very credible when she says she’s speaking up now because, for the first time, she no longer has to fear Zimmerman.
Some will question her motives and her timing. That’s wrong. It’s best to keep an open mind in these cases. And it’s crucial – if we are to better protect kids – that all adults work to create a welcoming climate, not a hostile one, for victims and alleged victims of child sex crimes who find the courage to speak up.
Shame on Zimmerman’s defense lawyers for disclosing an important fact about the alleged victim’s relationship to Zimmerman. A criminal can defend himself without violating the privacy of his victim. That’s what Zimmerman should be doing.
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