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The acquittal of the Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell on charges of sexually assaulting a young girl has reopened the debate over whether those accused of sexual crimes should have anonymity unless and until they are convicted. His family say that he has suffered two years of hell, with his name being dragged through the mud and his career being left in tatters. Earlier this year this chair of the bar council called for those accused of rape to be given the same right to anonymity as those who claim they are victims of rape. She said that those who were accused but later found innocent of such crimes should not have to bear the stigma of the accusation. However charities that help victims of rape say that granting anonymity to the accused would make it even more difficult to get victims of rape to come forward. Rape and sexual assault still have conviction rates that are much lower than crimes of a similar severity. Police say that naming those accused of such crimes encourages others to come forward with further allegations against that person. So should there be anonymity of those accused of rape? You decide.