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Andy Koehl 
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Re: “Pittsburgh Left: Pittsburgh Pirates' Jung Ho Kang should sit during sexual-assault investigation

I appreciate your desire to err on the side of a group of victims who has been historically wronged and shamed. However, suppose Kang is innocent. If that is true, then he is the one being victimized here. To be wrongly accused of sexual assault is a severe wound, and a pall is cast over someone that will never be removed, even if he is exonerated in the eyes of the law. Suspicion will follow him forever. It will effect all of his relationships. If he is innocent, you are asking him to pay for past wrongs that he had nothing to do with, and that is unfair.

This is part of the horror of sexual assault cases. We do not know for sure who is the victim. Either way the public and employers handle cases like Kangs, someone is going to be hurt. I believe in taking allegations seriously and suspending judgements until good evidence resolves the case in the justice system. Sometimes athletes and other celebrities get away with crimes or get special treatment. Sometimes they are wrongly targeted with false accusations because of their resources. Fairness dictates that we suspend judgements while we wait for resolution.

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Posted by Andy Koehl on 07/08/2016 at 4:37 PM

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