Barbara Kay: ‘Believing women’ isn’t the same thing as proving guilt

Reading Justice William Horkins’ preamble to his judgment following the Jian Ghomeshi trial, I marvelled anew at the testimonies of the three women accusers and the cultural revolution they represent. In a pre-feminist era, it is possible a woman would have lied in court. But the odds, in 1965 say, of three women with apparently slam-dunk cases pre-trial all being exposed on the stand as such unreliable witnesses that a man of proven dubious character could walk free are virtually nil.

Indeed, the case likely wouldn’t have seen trial.