|With over 80% of rape cases going
unreported, the argument goes that naming accused
defendants in the press gives others the courage
to report crimes and encourages further victims
to come forward.
The incentive to tell the truth is usually the pursuit
of justice. But rape has become such an easy crime
to claim that even many years after the incident,
a potential victim is still able to go to the police,
long after any evidence has disappeared.
The name of the defendant as a person accused of
a serious crime is then published in the press,
but what if he is innocent? (It may be a she but
very rarely) Does that mean false, malicious or
even fraudulent rape claims can be excused because
someone may be guilty? And what of the accuser?
There have been many recent cases involving claimants
who have infact not been raped but have had other
motives for reporting their case as a crime. The
defendant must go through the usual legal process
but the determination of both police forces and
the crown prosecution service to secure more rape
convictions has left justice and fairness in question.
Very rarely are false accusers charged and prosecuted
with perverting the course of justice. Maybe an
high profile false accuser conviction is required
to discourage rape claims which would never stand
up in a court of law. We are all for any victim
of crime feeling the legal system will right any
wrong. But we are completely against innocent defendants
lives being ruined because the government needs
to secure more rape convictions.
Published: February 2018
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