Sarah - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
The coalition Government yesterday pledged to extend the current ban on identifying victims in rape cases to defendants as well.
It would mean only those convicted of rape would ever be named but the controversial move last night split opinion.
Rape support groups said it was an "insult" that would discourage victims from reporting attacks but those have been falsely accused welcomed the decision as long overdue.
The pledge was included in the Government's detailed coalition agreement which also revealed plans for a complete review of sentencing policy, raising the prospect of an end to short term prison sentences.
It also pledged to give anonymity to teachers facing accusations of assault or other offences by their own pupils.
It comes amid concerns careers are ruined by staff who are victims of malicious and false allegation from their students.
Officials last night refused to give further details on how the rape defendant ban would work but victims are currently afforded protection for life from the moment they report a rape.
There has been growing pressure to change the law for defendants amid claims false allegations ruin the lives of innocent people.
What are your thoughts? Should men have anonymity until they are actually proven to be guilty? Or is this move going to make women less likely to come forward when they've been raped?