MP refuse to anonymity in sex abuse cases

November 4, 2003

Teaching leaders today condemned the decision by MPs to ditch plans to grant anonymity to people accused of sex offences. Unions said their members would continue to be left vulnerable to allegations from pupils – the vast majority of which prove to be false.Statistics collected last year by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) showed that, since 1991, just 62 out of 1,557 allegations were proved correct. More than 380 cases remain under investigation.Last night a Conservative bid to allow suspected child abusers and sex attackers to have their names kept secret until they were charged was rejected by 276 votes to 158, a majority of 118.
Guardian

 

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