@Mrs M Dear Mr Finkelstein. Have you ever spoken to a victim of child sexual abuse? It might help your research and make your articles more balanced. I'm at service as required. PS: kindly define "reliable evidence".
@Mrs M Thank you for your offer. Should you wish to talk to me about your story, of course I should be grateful to be told about it. The is, I am sure, much I could learn. But I must emphasise that my point does not involve any denial of the seriousness of abuse, or of its widespread nature, or of the need, because of the nature of the offence to use evidence that hasn't been corroborated. It is about people being tried when dead. Overwhelming evidence needs testing before it can be considered reliable evidence.
@Daniel Finkelstein People can not be tried when they are dead. Therein lies the problem. The police and MI5 (certainly in the case of Smith) covered up these cases until the perpetrators were dead, in spite of corroborating evidence. It's interesting, don't you think? PS: Hitler wasn't put on trial either, but I think it's widely assumed he was guilty of rather a lot of things. Several hundred victims in the Savile case beg to differ that any doubt should linger about his guilt too. Regarding my story, I'll get back to you. It's very important that victims' voices are heard.