There have been a number of common threads in the various false charges of child molestation, but if I can find one phrase that has tied all these cases together, it is, "Believe the children!" Mothers marched in Manhattan Beach, California, after the McMartin School case fell apart under prosecutorial lies; mothers and supporters of the prosecution in the Edenten 7 case made similar declarations, and who can forget "Believe the children!" in the utterly-discredited Wenatchee, Washington, fiasco.
Now, there exist other common threads, including prosecutorial bullying, destruction or hiding of exculpatory evidence, hostile judges, score-settling, unsubstantiated rumors, charges that are grounded in fantasy ("magic rooms," and worse), and all of these are present in the trial of Tonya Craft. In fact, these common threads are why I am utterly skeptical about these charges, and the fact that the judge and prosecutor have resorted to outright bullying and lying tell me that they know they don't have a legitimate case.
In this post, however, I want to concentrate upon the "Believe the children!" mantra. When all else fails, and when the defense has poked holes in the prosecution's case, we hear people demanding that we "believe the children," but we forget that if we REALLY were to believe the children, we would have believed the children WHEN THEY SAID THAT NOTHING HAPPENED.
With every case, what we have found is that the children at first said that NOTHING happened, and only after they were browbeaten by therapists and their parents, only then did they come up with the fanciful stories upon which the criminal charges were based. We have to understand that even the parents DID NOT BELIEVE THE CHILDREN, at least at first. Only when the children gave answers that the therapists and the children wanted to hear did we start hearing "believe the children."
Samuel Johnson once wrote that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." I would like to add that "Believe the children" is the last refuge of false accusers. As Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos told the jury today in the Tonya Craft case, if we are to believe the children, then we have to believe ALL of the children, including the ones who say that nothing happened.