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Naomi Wolf and MP clash over naming of rape accusers

In the UK it is against the law to name an accuser in a rape case. In the US and much of Europe it is also the convention not to name them.

The American writer Naomi Wolf, author of the feminist bestseller The Beauty Myth angered other feminists on Thursday when she said that this convention should no longer be applied because it often prevents bringing rapists to justice, and that the women accusing Julian Assange of rape should be named.

Here she debates the issue with Conservative MP Louise Bagshawe and Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark.

Broadcast on Thursday 6 January 2011.

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