darren hughes is currently being investigated on charges of "a sexual nature". well that's pretty crap wording right there, based on the way reporters were framing their questions. they could have asked if the charges involved sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence or any more apt descriptors. really, i don't understand the need to tone down the nature of the investigation.
the only positive thing that has so far come out of this is the response to the allegations. to date i haven't seen any attempt to denigrate the person making the allegations, and i really hope that continues. i think of the awful treatment meted out to people like neelam choudary, kristin dunne-powell and so many others, and am thankful that none of that is happening here. it's possible to defend oneself with out without attacking the other person, by simply saying "i have done nothing wrong". or even adding "i intend to defend myself against these charges". julian assange could take some lessons.
there is very little information available, and i don't want to put myself of other blog writers here at risk by putting any defamatory material into this post. as things develop, i'll certainly be keeping an eye on the commentary around this young man. somehow, i don't expect anyone will be asking what he was wearing, how much he was drinking, why he was out so late, why he was alone with another person, and what he did to keep himself safe. aside from the fact that none of these issues may be relevant to this particular case, they are questions that should never be asked but are too often asked of women.
please use discretion in comments. i'll be keeping a close eye, and will close comments if needed. please comment on general issues rather than any specifics.