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Should Those Accused Of Rape Be Named & Shamed?
 
# 1 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 21:38
 
 
Michael Le Vell (Corrie's Kevin Webster) has called for the law to be changed after he was falsely accused of rape.

Do we have a right to know who has been accused even if the conviction is then dropped (due to lack of evidence or whatever)?

This will now be something that will always be associated with him.

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Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell has called for a change in the law after being falsely accused of child abuse.

The actor, who plays Kevin Webster in the ITV1 soap, has demanded that suspects names aren't made public until they are found guilty.

Le Vell was cleared of all allegations that he sexually abused a schoolgirl earlier this month.

According to The People, he told relatives: "No-one should have to go through what I've been through. These are the worst sort of ­allegations anyone could face. Saying I raped a kid, it's just horrific.

"It's wrong that people can be named like this. It's been worse for me ­because I'm well-known, I'm high-profile. Things need to change. People's identities should remain secret until they are convicted of a crime like this. I'm thrilled the allegations have been dropped, but I'll ­always have this with me.

"Some people will always think, 'There's no smoke without fire' even though the claims were a complete lie. I was dreading coming home [from holiday], I didn't know what was going to happen. I was due to go to the police station this week to see if I was being charged or not."

Le Vell admitted that there were times during the investigation he felt like throwing himself "under a bus".

He concluded that he has no animosity towards the teenager who made the allegations, but he feels angry that the law allowed him to be "named and shamed".
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# 2 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:03
 
 
No not unless convicted.
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# 3 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:05
 
 
Someone said :
No not unless convicted.

Completly agree. Innocent untill proven guilty, and all that.
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# 4 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:05
 
 
I publicly accused myself of child sexual abuse a few years ago outside the department of justice (even though I am completely innocent).

I think it was due to a bad batch of heroin that was doing the rounds at the time.
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# 5 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:06
 
 
Maybe the accuser's identity could be made public - isn't it only protected when there's an actual crime ? although that would afford her the opportunity to cash in
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# 6 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:15
 
 
I remember the X Case many years ago. A young lad was rumoured to have raped the girl in that case. He was innocent but he was treated very badly by people in the neighbourhood. He had to move away from the area for his safety.

Should they be micro chipped instead. So they can not carry out any attacks as they would be able to be caught immediately if they did re offend.
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# 7 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:17
 
 
Someone said :
Maybe the accuser's identity could be made public - isn't it only protected when there's an actual crime ? although that would afford her the opportunity to cash in

No. Rape is an incredibly difficult crime to prove. Extremely high rates of attrition and the accusers face a level of stress not really comparable to other crimes.
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# 8 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:20
 
 
Someone said :

Should they be micro chipped instead. So they can not carry out any attacks as they would be able to be caught immediately if they did re offend .

But if they're innocent...
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# 9 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:23
 
 
Someone said :
But if they're innocent...

Sorry i was thinking of someone that was guilty of it before and out after doing time. If they have been cured of their illness. Maybe micro ship would be a better option than naming and shaming when they come out afterwards.
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# 10 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 22:26
 
 
Neither party's name should be made public until the conclusion of the case. I think the damage done to a falsely accused person outweigh the public interest in seeing the justice administered in public.

Interestingly though, footballers seem to be immune to the stigma.

I'm more likely to think of horse placenta than rape allegations when RVP is mentioned. Or knob-end in the case of Ronaldo!
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# 11 : Sunday 8-1-2012 @ 23:19
 
 
i don't think anybody should be named and shamed. thats just me. after a conviction the local community knows whats what - i'm sure they have been at the trial.
the law states when someone has served their conviction he/she is a free man/woman.
i can't think of anybody who has been wrongly convicted of a rape claim in ireland but of course they all claim to be innocent
if there is any small doubt in dna evidence it goes in favour of the accused.
the larry murphy case strikes a chord here. he was hounded by the media after he served his sentence. there was uproar! why? because unfortunately his case got in the media. there are plenty of cases like him who get no exposure and walk out the back door after release with no problems. so its seems to be a case of what is in the media at the time. the roscommon incest case? and trust me plenty more like it! does anybody know who they are and when they will get released? nope!(dosent matter -they are people and are treated the same- agreed jail is no deterrant but thats the way the liberal society is - treat them no different! of course they are on they are on their own landings and only mix with their kind as they cannot be put into general population - they have a grand life ) there are plenty of people here in ireland convicted as rapists but if the media is barred from the court why do some people get exposure more than others?
its quite unfair when you step outside the box. i wouldn't treat larry murphy any different from any other sex offender just because he was a high profile case and theres lots more going on than the general public is aware of sadly.

good point re footballers - why are they spread all over the paper? surely they have a better legal team or can sue the tabloid red tops?
of course they can afford the best legal team. so why don't they????

edit - the free legal aid team is just as lucrative and give the same results.

oh shaggy oh



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# 12 : Monday 9-1-2012 @ 00:55
 
 
Microchipping people? How does that work?
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# 13 : Monday 9-1-2012 @ 00:59
 
 
Well, Sellotape - it prob involves putting one of those ankle bracelets round the perps leg.
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# 14 : Monday 9-1-2012 @ 01:06
 
 
I don't really know. The stigma can ruin someone's life, but then, conviction is so difficult in rape cases that who's to say someone whom is not convicted is actually innocent.
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# 15 : Monday 9-1-2012 @ 01:08
 
 
Someone said :
but then, conviction is so difficult in rape cases that who's to say someone whom is not convicted is actually innocent.

Yeah but should someone innocent be hit with it?
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