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Wrongfully Accused, Wrongfully Convicted

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Have you ever been accused of something you did not do? By your parent, your sibling, your spouse, some family member, your friend, your employer, the police? How did you convince the person accusing you that you did not do what they were accusing you of doing, especially when you had no evidence? If you had a good relationship, you might have been able to talk about the accusation and convince the person you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. But what if you had a terrible relationship with those making the accusation? Maybe you had no chance of convincing anyone involved you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. They made the accusation believing you had done the thing they were accusing you of doing, or worse still, maybe they did not care whether you had done it or not. They wanted you to be guilty. They had no evidence, but they never wanted to believe you anyway. They wanted to believe the accusation. They wanted you to be guilty. They were invested in the accusation. They were invested in you being guilty.

What could you do? You kept saying that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. Inevitably, you had to find someone to say that for you because nobody wanted to believe you did not do what they were accusing you of doing. What could you do? You kept saying that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. More people became involved in the accusation, and you kept saying you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. What more could you do? They had no evidence but that did not matter. They wanted to believe you were guilty. More and more people were invested in the accusation. Time passed and the investment in the accusation was secured by people who had influence and authority. They did not want to believe you. They really did not care if the accusation was true. What could you do? You kept repeating that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. What more could you do? You placed your trust in someone you paid for their time and ability. What more could you do? The police had forgotten about you until your time came to say that you had not done the thing they were accusing you of doing. The court had probably not thought about you until your time came to repeat that you had not done the thing they were accusing you of doing. What more could you do? You repeated to strangers that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. The brought in someone to accuse you of other things that really did not have anything to do with the things they were accusing you of doing. They had no evidence, but that did not matter. They wanted you to be guilty. They had invested time and money in you being guilty. What could you do? You repeated that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. Those strangers did not believe you or the person who spoke for you. Suddenly it did not matter whether you were guilty or innocence. They had decided that you were guilty. Case closed.

What more could you do? You kept saying that you did not do the thing they were accusing you of doing. They said you had no right to say those words now because they had decided that you had done the thing they had accused you of doing. They wanted you to lie. They wanted you to parrot their words. They wanted you to say that you had done the thing they had accused you of doing because they had decided you had done them. What could you do? You could not say that lie. They did not want to hear other words. What more could you do? You could continue to fight and hope others would listen. You could keep fighting until no one else would listen.

What more could you do? You could give in to despair and hopelessness because people who had power and influence would not believe you. You had lost so much already. You were marked for life. You could give in to the lie and resign yourself to living the lie. But could you do those things? Could you live the lie?

What could you do? You could keep fighting. You could keep saying that you did not do the thing they accused you of doing. You could persevere. You could survive. There are others like you who have survived for decades saying those words.

You can never give in to the lie. It is all you have left.

 

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