It is Alleged

I am going to use the word “alleged” quite a lot in this essay. There have been a number of cases, ranging from politicians to priests to ordinary people in which a person has been accused of alleged sexual impropriety. In all of these cases the alleged perpetrators have been named, and must try to defend themselves as best they can. It can be hard to defend yourself when allegations of misconduct are made but no charges have been brought. No matter; allegations against a person have the effect of naming and shaming them even though charges may never be brought. Continue reading