George Zimmerman Hit with Rape Allegation
July 17, 2012
An unnamed woman has accused George Zimmerman of a prolonged pattern of sexual assault that supposedly ended ten years ago. All of the details have been released in connection with the charges against Mr. Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin — except the accuser’s name.
What relevance do these incendiary allegations have to the charges against Mr. Zimmerman? None. The idea that an unnamed person’s unsubstantiated allegations of heinous sex acts could be published to destroy a presumptively innocent person’s reputation is unjust on a multitude of levels.
In a Washington Post blog, Jonathan Capehart agrees the allegations are irrelevant, but Capehart inexplicably brands Zimmerman as guilty of the charges. Here’s what Capehart wrote: “My heart goes out to ‘Witness 9.’ She suffered abuse that she says traumatized her, and she suffered in silence. It wasn’t until 2005 that she said she told her sister. Zimmerman was later confronted at a pizzeria in Florida. He apologized and left. These allegations brand Zimmerman a predator and a creep.”
Capehart has done an injustice to Zimmerman and should rectify his rush to judgment with a retraction.