Should People accused of sex crimes have their identities protected until they are convicted?
Sep 21, 2015, 10:55 AM
Under current legislation, people who claim they have been the victims of sexual offences automatically receive anonymity, but suspects do not. Maura McGowan, chairwoman of the Bar Council which is the organisation that governs barristers, has come out and openly said that she believes the law should be changed because allegations of a sexual nature "carry such a stigma". She therefore believes that the defendant’s anonymity should be protected, in the same way as the victims, until they are convicted.