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Should sex-crime accusers be named?

Nuala McGovern Nuala McGovern | 22:54 UK time, Thursday, 6 January 2011

This topic was discussed on 7th January 2011. Click here to listen to the programme.

Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth is causing quite a stir with her latest Guardian article and she'll be with us today from New York to take your questions and comments.

Wolf argues that Julian Assange's sex-crime accusers deserve to be named and that the shielding of sex-crime accusers is a Victorian relic. Women are moral adults and should be treated as such and that feminism doesn't mean special treatment, it means equality. Wolf also believes when accusers are identified, it becomes clear that rape can happen to anyone. Stereotypes about how "real" rape victims look and act fall away, and myths about false reporting of rape relative to other crimes can be challenged.

To say it has provoked debate is an understatement. The blogosphere is alive and tweeting. Here's a little of what you are saying:


ReniReni tweets:
Reporting rape must be harrowing enough without Naomi Wolf campaigning to snatch away the right to anonymity for accuser

VictoriaPeckham tweets
Naomi Wolf has thought about rape so much more deeply than anyone else. In all sorts of countries.

ChrisJDavies tweets
If one makes a serious criminal accusation, one must be treated as a moral adult." Spot-on Naomi Wolf in Guardian.

Kerry Nolan writes on our Facebook page
Unless you're throwing out false accusations, I see no reason why a victim of rape wouldn't want to stand up publicly.
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