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Providing anonymity to those accused of rape: an assessment of evidence

A report considering evidence relevant to the issue of whether or not to provide anonymity to those accused of rape.

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Providing anonymity to those accused of rape: An assessment of evidence

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A report considering evidence relevant to the issue of whether or not to provide anonymity to those accused of rape.

This report brings together findings from previous reviews and primary research studies as well as statistics to present a summary of evidence relevant to the issue of whether or not to provide anonymity to those accused of rape.

It examines a number of key areas to determine whether the likely impact of anonymity can be identified from existing evidence. These include:

  • the legal position on anonymity in rape cases
  • reporting and investigation of rape
  • false allegations
  • convictions and offending histories; and
  • media coverage of criminal cases.

Findings will be of wider interest to those concerned with criminal justice policy, the offence of rape and violence against women and girls.

Published 12 November 2010