"If men accused of rape got special rights to anonymity, it would reinforce the misconception that lots of women who report rape are lying."
Official statistics show that while only 6% of all reports of rape to the police lead to a conviction, more than half of the cases that make it to trial result in the suspect being found guilty.
Despite not appearing in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, the anonymity proposal became party policy at its 2006 conference after a number of cases in which celebrities were named in newspapers in allegations of sexual assault.
The policy resolution stated that defendants should remain anonymous in rape cases unless and until they are convicted.
Supporters of the measure said that it removed the taint of "no smoke without fire" that cleared defendants say they suffer.
But the proposal divided the party with some activitists saying it could lower conviction rates, as it could mean fewer witnesses or other victims coming forward.
Some legal experts have argued that anonymity could only be justified if society concluded that the crime was far worse than every other offence, including murder, and that there was proof of a high rate of false allegations.
But a major independent review of rape earlier this year warned there needed to be a proper examination of the wider issues.
The 1976 Labour government introduced anonymity for defendants - only for the measure to be repealed 12 years later under the Conservatives.
During this time, judges could refuse to grant anonymity where naming the defendant would make it more likely for other victims to come forward.
In 2001, the then director of public prosecutions said there was a case for reintroducing limited anonymity.
During this period, there has been a series of stories in national newspapers where celebrities suspected of rape were named, even though in some cases they were not charged or the complainant was malicious.
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