They are different topics. The trouble with providing justice for victims as well as protecting fair treatment for the accused is not closely related to specific cases of celebrities who have been accused. It’s a terrible idea to use celebrities or powerful people as examples of anything to do with broader social issues. The Bill Cosby, Jimmy Saville, Harvey Weinstein and O.J. Simpson cases, for a few examples, are radically different from any of the cases of rape, domestic abuse and murder that are tried in courts all around the world on a daily basis.
In cases where there is no clear evidence other than the words of the accused and accuser, it’s okay to not have an opinion. More importantly, though, the idea that these celebrities, multi-millionaire corporate heads, televangelists or politicians actually personally represent anything going on in our normal lives is plainly terrible and possibly even socially destructive.
David Brinkley once defined the news as “something worth knowing that you didn’t already know.” However, the 24 hour news cycle has become obsessed with the exceptional situations that lead to divisive arguments and less and less related to what we experience or are concerned about on a common, personal level. I don’t know that much of it tells us anything that is worth knowing, but they have to fill the airtime.