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Anonymous until guilty
4:48pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Letters
WE all know the reasons for keeping an alleged rape victim’s identity a secret as they may feel it could ruin their lives if it were known by the media and public.
If this applies to the alleged victim then surely this must apply to the alleged villain as well?
Consider that the alleged victim is either telling the truth or lying, as also the alleged villain is either lying or telling the truth.
At the end of the court case the alleged victim’s identity is still unknown but the alleged villain’s identity has been known throughout the case, and even if he/she is proven not guilty, for any reason, he/she has to live with this for the rest of their lives.
Some say that if the villain’s identity is known then other victims may tell their story and so support the evidence of the case in question.
A solution to most of the cases would be to keep all parties names from publication until someone is proven guilty and then any other alleged victims could bring a case against this villain.
I believe in the assumption of innocence until proven guilty.
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