(Original post by missygeorgia)
Possibly, yes. If the proposals were for anonymity for all crimes, I don't think I'd have a problem with that. But they're only doing it specifically for rape, and this obviously implies that a lot of women lie about being raped. In a society where rape victims are simply not taken seriously, we shouldn't be furthering these views.
I think if anything it implies that lot people hate rapists so much (or believe that rapists get away with it more often than not - 'no smoke without fire' etc), that even if you're found innocent, you're still ******.
I agree though that it really should be something that applied to all crimes.
Lets be honest though, when it comes to media fanning flames and the no smoke without fire assumption, the only people you really hear talked about (and remembered for) are people accused of rape, paedophilia and murder - and rape is the most common crime out of all of them.
While it can be considered a shame that this issue is being addressed before the issue of a lack of training and understanding of authorities dealing with rape cases - a solution for this problem is far, far easier to implement, and to put it off because it might be seen as implicitly reinforcing a view that women often lie about rape, would just be an injustice.
The fact is, if there is widely held attitude against women who haved claimed to be raped - that is a so much more complicated and vague problem to solve because it is so ingrained - I mean it would be nice that instead of granting anonymity to those accused of rape, we could counter the whole 'no smoke without fire' attitude when it comes to these cases - but anonymity is simpler, easy solution that will help in the short term.
Also, if men are granted anonymity, then those who are falsely accused won't be reported, we would only ever hear of men who did rape, never men who were falsely accused - I would consider the media not being able to report false/failed rape accusations of benefit to rape victims.
There is very rarely a perfect solution to a problem, and this certainly isn't one of them, but I can't see how someone can maintain an overall argument against this desicion.