The right to anonymity reversed

The courts in Ireland have been faced with an unusual situation over the right to anonymity provided to victims of rape.  Rape victims are, as it is across the UK, entitled to anonymity before, during and after rape trials.

In Ireland the accused is also entitled to anonymity, under the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1981, up to the point of conviction when that right is withdrawn.  In a case heard last year, a man was convicted of raping a woman when she was a child.  The allegations related to a period when the two grew up next door to each other.  The rapes commenced when the victim was aged nine and her attacker was 17 and continued over a two year period.

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