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What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

IF someone is not going to re-offend, either because they are incapable, or because they are under arrest, publicly divulging their identity is not necessary to safeguard the public.

And such revelation goes against the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

The argument that naming them would encourage other victims to come forward appears to carry some weight, but only because in the past abused people were simply not believed when they were brave enough to protest.

The situation is somewhat improved now, but it should not be the case that victims need the corroboration of other victims in order to be heard.

Modern science is often able to incriminate a sexual aggressor if the complaint is made soon enough after the offence.

What is required is a climate in which complainants feel they are able to protest sooner rather than later.

SUE ALEXANDER

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Belfast Telegraph


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