In defending the Truth we must also accept the fact that some things that we believe to be true are unfortunately not true.
The general rule is, that we should never lie, because true statements are of the utmost importance to the comfort of life, to enable us to have a full security by mutual faith; and telling lies should be willingly suffered that we may preserve it. For example:
- The abuser in a domestic violence situation asks you where their partner and or the children have gone and if you know they have left to be safe you may tell the abuser what is not true.
- A single mother meets a man who she is attracted to because he likes her children and loves her enough to marry her. She believes what he says is true and marries him. Unfortunately, in this case he only married her so he had access to her children whom he abused. Fortunately, she reported him to the police. He didn’t tell her the real reason for his interest but she though he he loved her.
In a criminal court people questioned have to declare that they promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
In any case before a judge where one person accuses another only one of them is being truthful. The court has to decide which one. Court judgments provide what is referred to as "precedents" that can be used in the future by Judges presented with a case matter similar to the one that provided a precedent.
This needs explaining; why specify all of it and nothing else but it. In the above example the abuser said he loved her but the whole truth is that he loved her children more. Sometimes when asked a question many people avoid giving an answer. Let's say the answer requires a simple yes or no and the person answering doesn't mention either word or gives any indication. This is not acceptable.
Why do we need to validate any statements to be true, or do research?
One of the reason why so many rapists are not punished is because statements that are not true are used by defense lawyers and police who really believe they are true. The following research of myths and misconceptions are worth looking later as it will take you to a new page.WHAT SOME BELIEVE ARE TRUE FACTS
The most important scientific articles are published after much attention has been given to the 'paper' and peer reviewed. This is to ensure that you are reading the best of information available.
Be careful of statements that cite numbers that give the impression they are true. for example 98% of rapists are unpunished. This might be true in one place but not in another. It also doesn't include those people that never ever report being raped.
Does the law enforcement people and the judiciary get the right answer? Is the law wrong?
Firstly Laws are made and then used by law enforcement officers who decide if the matter proceed to a trial. It then goes to a court where lawyers try to get their client Justice. They use every method to achieve this but quite often they find something wrong with the law and the court lets them win the case. This legal finding is often different to the evidence provided in the matter. The new law may have missed something or left something out, whatever, and the law has to go back to be changed. Sometimes law are old and not up to date. Society views change and laws might need to change.
Sometimes a Judge decides that although a person is guilty of a crime they give them a very small punishment. However, the Judge may be entitled, under the law, to vary the sentence. That's why we also include Justice and Fairness. Here are some examples
AS CAN BE SEEN IN THIS BRIEF ARTICLE THERE IS SO MUCH TO UNDERSTAND AND TO LEARN