Here’s the thing: not all crimes are created equal. There’s a huge difference between accusing someone of shoplifting and accusing someone of rape. Given that the rate of false accusations of sexual assault is so extremely low, how does it make sense to assume innocence? Women are just not out there accusing men of sexually assaulting them when it didn’t happen.
There aren’t other crimes where the statistics or dymanics are comparable. Treating sexual assault like other crimes doesn’t make sense because we live in a patriarchal, misogynistic rape culture. What exactly are these “solid reasons” for assuming innocence of sexual assault? The tiny sliver of a chance that it’s a false accusation?