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Meg pleased as the government see sense about anonymity of rape defendants

Monday, July 26, 2010

Meg was pleased to hear today’s announcement by the government that they have decided not to change the law to grant anonymity to men accused of rape in England and Wales. She has been speaking out against this plan, along with a number of other women Members of Parliament, on the basis that it could send a negative signal about women who accuse men of rape. The plan had been included in the government’s coalition agreement, but following widespread protests by a variety of individuals and organisations they have changed their mind on the issue.


As Meg said in early June:


“This proposed move by the coalition government is wrong. Rape is one of the most prevalent violent crimes in the UK and we need to strengthen the ways we catch and convict rapists not weaken them.


Young women who may be in a dependent relationship with someone and suffer rape sometimes do not come forward because they may feel it was their fault. Only subsequently, when they hear that the person has done the same thing to someone else do they gain the courage to speak up.


We must fight hard against this proposal.”


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