Ministry of Justice Drops Rape Defendant Anonymity
July 26, 2010 Leave a comment
So this is good news. Of course, when I say good news, I mean “Yay the MoJ decided against doing something extremely harmful to rape victims.”
I am glad they’re not going ahead with this, because it would be a Very Bad Thing. But I feel like I’m giving a cookie to an abled-bodied grown man for pooping in the toilet. Or rather, for not pooping on the carpet.
I am disappointed that acting Labour leader Harriet Harman and Conservative MP Louise Bagshawe were the only British Government representatives in the article that spoke against the proposal because of its [tw] rape-victims-are-lying stench , [/tw] though. The others were performed a elaborate avoid-the-elephant dance, or favored pressuring media to keep defendants anonymous in the window between arrest and conviction, rather than passing legislation.
It’s not lost to me that Labour Leader Harriet Harman and MP Louise Bagshawe are both women.
Though I do give the BBC props for quoting Women Against Rape, as well as avoiding the American “give both sides a platform, no matter how ridiculous the other side” tactic. Yay BBC!
Blood Pressure warning: comments are predictably, but sadly, MRAish.
This is a win, but it doesn’t feel like it.