If your child had been molested by an adult, isn't it likely a parent will say.."I'm going to make them pay for it". ?
I think a 'I'll f*cking kill him' would be more likely to be said. I think wanting to 'make them pay' is a bit of an odd thing to say. The last thing on my mind would be ruining the abuser's career. I'd be seeking justice not caring about whether I'll be damaging their reputation. Also I wouldn't care about money or a settlement if I was truly wanting to 'make them pay'.
Not that I'm saying the allegation was necessarily made up just commenting on that.