Despite the Nigel Evans trial, the wrongly accused are not the main victims in rape cases
Well of course they’re bloody not.
The major victims in rape cases are those who have been raped.
The major victims in cases of false allegation of rape are those who have been falsely accused.
We can tell the difference quite easily too. In the one someone has been raped so they are the victim. In the other no one has so that victim position is open to be filled by the accused.
Then we get to Owen Jones’ actual piece:
MPs led by David Davis are on the offensive against the Crown Prosecution Service, and there are renewed calls to grant anonymity to alleged rapists, a privilege no one proposes for accused murderers
We don’t grant anonymity to the murdered either. Nor, in fact, to any victim of any other crime.
This represents a troublesome loss of perspective. No one who is rational can look dispassionately at the facts and conclude that false accusations are the real problem when it comes to rape. Official statistics suggest that 97,000 people are raped a year, yet on average only 15,670 become recorded crimes and, in 2012-13, there were just 2,333 convictions. A CPS review last year found that, over a 17-month period, prosecutions for false allegations made up just 0.6% of rape cases.
Oh, just great. Start with the number of possibly, estimated to be, unreported crimes to give a big number. Trump that at the end with only the number of prosecutions for the reverse crime. Well done laddie. What we actually want to know is what number of allegations are made as against those who are found guilty of doing so. You know, the same as your numbers of alleged, estimated rapes and convictions.