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Innocent until proved guilty

It should always be the case that 'no' means 'no'. However, there have been women who have maliciously accused men of rape and the man's name has been dragged through the press, only to be found innocent. The rape victim and the alleged rapist should remain annonymous during any court case.

Author: Sue, Female, glasgow
Date: 29/06/2010

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There have been people maliciously accused of all kinds, and the figures for suspected false accusations of rape are no higher for those of other crimes. To single out rape give the impression that false accusations are far more common than they truely are - either keep the names of the accused hidden in all criminal cases, or in none.

Author: Anna, Female, UK
Date: 01/07/2010

It is a myth that rape has any higher incidence of false accusation than any other. Various studies indicate that it stands at around 2%, the same as with any other crime.

Author: tired of myths, Female, glasgow
Date: 03/07/2010

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“Rape seems to be the only crime where it's seen as ok to put the victim on trial.”

Natasha, Female from Glasgow

“Short skirts don't cause rape. Rapists cause rape”

Joss, Female from Connecticut

“About time something like this was shown on TV. Hopefully it will make everyone realise there cannot be any excuse for rape - EVER.”

Helzo, Female from Renfrewshire