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Rape Defendants May Get to Remain Anonymous in UK

Should the Identity of Rape Defendants Be Protected?

Though women may hold other women accountable for rape, the law in both the US and UK has long sided with the victims. Now a group in England is proposing the identities of defendants be protected, too. While a startlingly high number — 94 percent — of rape cases don't end in conviction, it has more to do with how difficult they are to prosecute than false accusations.

Accused rapists once remained anonymous in England, but in 1988 the ban on identifying defendants was lifted because it not only prevented women from coming forward, but it also made the already-difficult cases harder to investigate. Nobody could be interviewed if the defendant was anonymous.

Acquitted defendants often ask why they can't have anonymity if the alleged victim has it. Aren't they, in the end, the real victim? Maybe. But then that could be true for all court cases.

The majority of people in the UK already say women should accept some blame if raped, but does that mean potential rapists should be given a break?

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