Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Questions for those who oppose the UK's anonymity plan

▲Does the UK's plan for anonymity "send a message" that rape accusers aren't to be believed any more than anonymity for rape accusers sends a message that the men and boys they accuse aren't to be believed? 

▲Do you really think being falsely accused of rape is qualitatively no worse than being falsely accused of burglary? 

▲When was the last time you heard of a man being falsely accused of burglary?  Or robbery?  Or murder? Or anything else aside from rape?  Rarely, right?

▲If a woman falsely accused a professional man of burglarizing her house, robbing her, or murdering a loved one, how long do you think that claim would be taken seriously?

▲Now what about rape?

▲When was the last time you heard that a rape victim did not "come forward" because teen males accused of rape are afforded anonymity?

▲Never, right?  That's silly, isn't it?  Then why isn't it just as silly when it comes to adult males?

▲When the television news announces that a certain man, who is identified, has raped an acquaintance, don't you think that a lot of people who know the man can figure out, or make a pretty good guess, who the acquaintance is?

▲And how do you think that makes the acquaintance feel?

▲Wouldn't actual rape victims prefer that the men they accuse be anonymous so that no one can learn the victims' identities by inference?

▲When was the last time you heard of any of these occurring as a result of a false accusation of any crime other than rape: the persons accused are killed or kill themselves; they are beaten, chased, spat upon, or looked upon with suspicion long after they are cleared of wrongdoing? They lose not only their good names but their jobs, their businesses, and their friends?

▲Do you think that justice for rape victims is furthered by the public shaming and humiliation of the presumptively innocent, even innocent men?

▲Do you enjoy seeing presumptively innocent men accused of rape publicly shamed and humiliated?

Cheers to Lisa Longstaff