Stop them in their tracks, Alex! We need to make sure that victims are protected, and you are as much a victim in this. But we also need to ensure that women (and men) feel safe to lodge a complaint of sexual harassment, or we've gone back too many steps. So you have to tread a fine line. Fight the appalling failure in process that led to this, but keep open the doors for those being harassed to feel free to speak up. Someone out there thought it was a good idea to take on Wee Eck. Big Mistake.
The ability of anyone to access justice must not be impeded by financial sanction, regardless of personal wealth, or perceived wealth. Innocent until proven guilty is the cornerstone of our system, and any impediment to this which exists within the process must be examined and if need be addressed, not just for this instance but for the benefit of our society.
I'm a woman and certainly would not condone any kind of sexual impropriety in the workplace. I don't know you Mr Salmond and I am not a wealthy person so this donation has been well thought out. I believe confidentiality must be respected until found guilty then let's sing it from the rooftops. This money is not for your defence but to help fight an unfairness in the proceedures in this case.
I am disgusted that people should get off with leaking allegations. I am sickened that people probably get a lot of money for the ensuing stories to newspapers. I am glad you want to stand up for some rights for accused people. In Scotland the accused are innocent until proved guilty - but the intermediate effect of bad publicity can be devastating. Cliff Richards had a hellish time. Pleased to back your crowdfunding for fairness.