This is not the case for serious crimes, such as rape and sexual assault.
But I also want to particularly highlight that it's not a verdict of "innocent".
Innocent is not the opposite of guilty in the context of the courtroom.
This does not mean a thing didn't happen.
That's why Not Guilty doesn't always mean innocent.
That's why "beyond reasonable doubt" means that women sometimes go through all this, and end up without a conviction, but can still be telling the truth.
But that tricky "reasonable doubt" provision means that it's not really about what I felt or believed, it's about the evidence and the case.
It was nothing compared to what she went through. Nothing.
I shudder to think of that woman, having to do it all over again.
She had nothing to gain here. They spent days tearing her apart on the stand. Tearing apart everything she said, did, etc. What for, if not because she needed justice?