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An article in the Daily Mirror suggested journalists don't name those accused in sexual assault cases.

According to Press Gazette, the Daily Mirror’s Brian Reade opined in a Jan. 5 article “Men accused of serious sex offences should only be named if they are found guilty,” that naming the accused attaches a “terrible stigma” to the person who has only been accused — and not found guilty yet. Reade noted that while “naming a genuine rapist may ­encourage other victims to come forward,” there are many cases where people publicly accused have later been found not guilty — but not before the accused is “devastated, angry and disgraced, after being accused of the most sickening of crimes before the case was anywhere near court.”

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Reade also pointed to the use of injunctions to protect an accused’s identity.  “How can famous men be allowed to hide behind super injunctions that cover-up their private sins yet innocent men can be named and shamed before they are even ­investigated by police?”

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Daily Mirror Columnist: Don’t Name Accused in Sex Assault Cases until Conviction

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