Writing in the Telegraph Peter Lloyd stated that anonymity for men accused of rape was "imperative". Citing especially the case of Oxford University student Ben Sullivan who was accused of rape Lloyd said: "the sexist, irrational witch-hunt suffered by Ben Sullivan, the college's Union President, shows that even those destined for greatness aren't above a legal system that currently hates men."
Does the legal system hate men? The legal system that asks women how much they had to drink and what they were wearing when the alleged assault took place. In 2012 the UK was reported to be one of the worst countries in Europe for employing woman judges. As in we don't. You know...that does sound kinda biased.
But why has there been such a slew? It's arguable that once some people were taken seriously by the police reporting one celebrity other survivors realised they were not an isolated case, vitally, they would be believed. Those who survived assault might be galvanised to report their attacker (celebrity or not) because it seems they will be taken seriously.
people have felt compelled to announce their aversion to Vanessa Feltz's looks...You cannot claim innocence based on lack of allure.
Do we ensure that the general public (and media, maybe) are better versed in law? Being sure to keep in mind words such as 'alleged' and not to conflate allegations with evidence. Should we instruct them to accept an innocent verdict and trust jury and judges to have made the right decision? It is difficult to say.
What is most important, surely, is that survivors feel safe to come forward and report the crime that has been committed against them. Survivors have the right to be absolutely sure that they won't have to somehow justify their allegations with, for example, their looks. Many people have felt compelled to announce their aversion to Vanessa Feltz's looks, believing this to prove the implausibility of her claim. You cannot claim innocence based on lack of allure.
Since Vanessa made her claim Linda Nolan has also gone public about an incident when she was 15, alleging that Rolf Harris touched her breasts and licked her neck. There will no doubt be more stories to come out and they will be awful. But they will also, we hope, help those who are afraid to come out as survivors. With anonymity this would not be the case.