Panel 2: GMAFB. There is a justice. system. If someone you cared about was on trial, you'd want them to get every benefit of the doubt and the best representation. It's not an open-and-shut case. And I thought you were the only complainant? And as for not knowing why it happened, well, I can kind of understand that, but you were the one who was looking for the good in Howard, instead of accepting the fact that bad things CAN happen.
Panel 3: Yes! So rarely do I agree with Elly, but that IS what sexual assault is about! Although Liz should be glad that she lives in an era when a guy's reputation IS at stake for this. It wasn't always that way.
Panel 4: But then she spoils it with the usual pseudo-cosmic musing that boils down to "There are a lot of bad people in the world, so we Pattersons just have to pat ourselves on the back for being good people." And FYI, Elly, nowadays, a lot more is known about the psychology of sexual assault, and criminal assault in general. Rapists are not Others; they're people. They can be anyone you know. They don't wear signs.