Should male rape victims of Catholic Priests be believed once they wait 10 years to come forward?

Is it true that we should believe all rape victims? Should we give them the benefit of the doubt of being raped and not jump to "oh what were they wearing?" Are men included as well? Because there is a corrupt criminal organization, known as the Catholic Church, that systematically rapes little boys across the world. When they grow up and wait 10 years to finally come forward, should they be believed just as much as a female rape victim should?

Because if the answer is no, you are a hypocrite.

6 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    Not necessarily. These 'victims' are often Catholics too.

  • 2 weeks ago

    "Believing" rape victims, regardless of their gender is important because of the way rape victims, who are mostly women, have been treated in the legal system in the past.  It does not mean, believe every woman, or man, that alleges he or she was abused regardless of what the evidence supports.  It's a response to long held prejudices within the legal system that protected sexual abusers by, for example, cautioning juries regarding the danger posed by dishonest rape accusers and that their testimony should be viewed with additional skepticism.  That, believe it or not, was an actual jury instruction.

    No one can deny that women (and men) have lied about being victims of crime, including rape.  Those instances should not however result in a law enforcement or a judicial process that does not take allegations of sexual assault seriously or starts from a position of skepticism.  Rape victims (men and women) have indicated they are hesitant to come forward because they assume they will not be taken seriously or believed, leaving their attackers free to continue to abuse.

    Sorry, short answer is yes, believe men as well, but keep in mind, men haven't really had as hard a time being believed in the past.  

    • Sfancik
      Lv 6
      2 weeks agoReport

      You don't "automatically believe" anyone.  Just like you don't "automatically disbelieve" anyone.  BELIEVE WOMEN is just a slogan, not a statute.  But I do think investigators should reserve pre-judgement and give anyone alleging sexual abuse the benefit of the doubt initially.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Sure. People are supposed to believe priests when they babble about stories that supposedly happened 2000 years ago.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Of course they should. But considering the automatic hate and judgement many women get any more, men are more likely to be believed without their honesty, etc automatically being questioned.

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Without fail. They are to be believed.

  • 2 weeks ago

    Under NO circumstance should we EVER "believe all" of anyone EVER. 

    For all alleged rape victims, we should investigate their claims and try to find their veracity. 

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