Cate Blanchett; Zoe Williams; anonymity for rape defendants

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Cate Blanchett on those ears, hobbit feet and Australian PM Julia Gillard. Radio 4 newsreader Carolyn Brown and her husband discuss her decision to donate him one of her kidneys and lookahead to the transplant in the New Year. Zoe Williams and Cally Robson debate whether women have a match for the old boys' network. After the acquittal on a rape charge of Amy Winehouse's former boyfriend Reg Traviss, we hear calls that there should be anonymity for men accused of rape.
Presented by Jane Garvey
Producer Emma Wallace.

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Mon 17 Dec 2012 10:00

Anonymity of rape defendants

Last week the ex-boyfriend of singer Amy Winehouse was cleared of rape. It took the jury just three hours to acquit him. After the verdict, Reg Traviss said his life had been on hold for eight months - as he strove to prove his innocence in a legal system he described as “faulty.” So should men accused of rape be granted anonymity? What effect – if any – would that have on conviction rate? Would it hinder the police or help those wrongly accused of a crime retain their reputation?

NHS rape and sexual assault support website

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