The accused in rape cases is going to be given anonymity. We have anonymity for the victim – but until now – the accused has been named. Now – it will only be following conviction that the perpetrator will be named.
It is clearly appalling for someone who is innocent to find their life and reputation ruined by false accusation and trial – but the issue is much wider than that.
Yes – 60% of rape cases that come to court lead to conviction. But the cases that end up in court are the tip of the rape iceberg. Only 6% of reported rapes lead to conviction. So there’s one hell of a gap between what is happening out there – compared with the ability to bring these cases to justice.
The British Crime survey says that one in every twenty-four women will suffer rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes. Their figures show that only 11 per cent of rapes or attempted rapes are even reported to the police.