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This House would grant anonymity to those accused of rape or sexual assault

Join us for our fortnightly free public debate, an interactive exchange between a panel of four volunteers and an inquisitive audience on the big issue of the day.

The debates open with 5 minute speeches from each panelist followed by an open Q&A with the audience and then a public vote.

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.

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  • Jack B.

    Found the Tavern but not the meeting. Found a bunch of Germans but I don't suppose they were this group. Where in the Tavern did you meet?

    September 26, 2013

  • vasek s.

    is there still room for one more attendee?

    September 22, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Hi all, the motion for this debate will be: This House would grant those accused of rape or sexual assault anonymity until conviction. I'll change the title of the event just as soon as I can work out how.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have never taken part in a debating society so I have no idea how this works. When will you set the topic? Who is on the panel? How do we participate. I plan mainly to watch and learn at the first one. I hope that will be ok

    September 22, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Hey Tony or anyone else.

    Can you give a run down on how these meets go?

    September 21, 2013

  • Ali P.

    Hi Tony- Would love to get involved with this group but unfortunately Thursdays are not good for me either :( Will all meets be on a Thursday?

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    just some ideas: should the bedroom tax be repealed? Should there be a quota on the number of women on boards? Should Scotland vote yay or nay next year? Should speed limits be reduced to 20mph in residential areas? Should HS2 be built? Is the UK "full"? Should the privatisation of prisons be permitted?

    September 21, 2013

  • Tony K.

    Thanks Alain for the suggestion of a motion. Please keep your ideas coming everyone - even if we don't run with your suggestion this time, I will make a note of them so we can run your debate at some point in the future.

    September 17, 2013

    • Michael P.

      Capital punishment? Tis an old classic I'm sure :)

      September 17, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Just curious, but why is there a limit of 30 places for the meet ups?

    September 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Michael, I can't be sure but I run a meet up group... Limits allow you not to overwhelm a venue, ensure those who attend have a good chance of feeling they belong to the group ( too big and you might as well be a passer by) and they need to be big enough to allow for people who simply don't turn up or cancel at the last minute ( you will be surprised how many people do that)

      September 16, 2013

    • Tony K.

      Hi Michael. Julie is quite right, but as you will now see, I have increased the capacity limit in light of the demand. This helps to manage members' expectations, but my over-riding priority remains to give anyone interested in attending a debate every opportunity to do so.

      September 17, 2013

  • Sabina

    Can't make Thursdays unfortunately :(

    September 15, 2013

  • Milady

    Disappointed to to be able to attend this session - will be away on business so next time, perhaps.

    September 14, 2013

  • Alain E.

    As an idea I thought the Wright Stuff debate on food banks would be a good place to start...

    2 · September 12, 2013

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