Our disbelief is the sexual predator’s great asset

The problem was not tolerance of abuse but disbelief of anyone who dared complain

By JOAN SMITH

“If the broadcaster Stuart Hall ever felt a scintilla of anxiety that one of his victims might report him, I doubt whether it troubled him for long. Confident predators like Hall know that almost everything the public believes about sexual violence is wrong, and they take full advantage of the fact.

People are wrong about the kind of men who commit sexual assaults; they’re wrong about how victims behave after they’ve been attacked; and they’re hopelessly bad at deciding who is telling lies…”

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