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52 C Paederasty

marks of violence will have been produced by the resistance.
But where a filthiness of this sort is committed
between two persons both willing no such circumstances
need be have been exhibited: no proof therefore of such
circumstances can will be [expected.] required. to more persons than the one who alledges himself to have seen the fact Wherever
therefore two persons men are together, a third person
may alledge himself to have seen them thus employing
themselves without fear of having the falsehood truth
of his story disproved. With regard to a bare proposal
of this sort the danger is much still greater: [any
one man may charge it upon any other man without
the least danger of being detected] For a man
to bring a charge of this sort against any other man
— without the possibility of being disproved there needs no more than for them to have been alone together
for a few moments [out of sight and hearing
of another every other person] A man's innocence can never be his security: knowing this it must be a an undaunted steady man to whom it can give confidence: a well-seasoned perjurer will have greatly the advantage over him.

This mischief is often very severely felt. In England
the terror severity of the punishment and what is supported
by it the moral antipathy to the offence is
frequently made use of as a means of extorting money.
The being thought Whether a man be thought to have actually committed been guilty of this practise or only to be disposed to it, his reputation suffers equal ruin. It is the most terrible weapon that a robber
can take in hand: and a number of robberies that
one hears of, besides others that which probably are much fewer than those which one does not hear of
are committed by this means. Used as an instrument of extortion If a man has resolution
and accidental circumstances are favourable, he may
stand the brunt and meet his accuser in the face
of justice: but the danger to his reputation will at any
rate be considerable. Men of timid natures have often
been almost ruined in their fortunes ere they can
summon up resolution to put committ their reputation to
the hazard of a trial.

Identifier: | JB/072/203/004
"JB/" can not be assigned to a declared number type with value 72.


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