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  •  I'm not the right person to address this to, (3+ / 0-)
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    hannah, jrooth, samddobermann

    since I'm not the one making the argument you're questioning. I think there are valid points on both sides, and that the effect of such policies on crime reporting rates is an empirical question to which I do not have the answer. I have no firm opinion on the issue, although I do have an opinion on the hypocrisy displayed in several diaries about it.

    In this particular case, the only evidence I have for whether it is a kindness to the victim not to spread her name around any more widely is that she herself is not stepping forward to do so. But neither did she shrink from testifying in open court. With relatively little evidence, I conclude it's not something she wants people to do but that this insult pales in comparison to what she's already endured.

    You might want to weigh in here, where the question is met squarely:

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    •  It's not a pressing curiosity. It's just (1+ / 0-)
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      something I wondered about ever since I was involved with children who'd been abused by relatives and parents. They certainly knew what had been done to them. Having it addressed in secret proceedings seemed to provide no benefit to the victims. Both the perps and incompetent prosecutors and social workers seemed to get more since their behavior was not exposed to public scrutiny.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 03:52:29 AM PDT

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      •  stigma (7+ / 0-)

        Yes, it shouldn't exist for the victim t be stigmatised, yet it remains a fact. In some cultures they kill. or shun the victim of rape.

        So we make against the law to publish the names of underage victims/

        fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

        by mollyd on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:01:45 AM PDT

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        •  It's a humiliating crime of which to be a victim. (2+ / 0-)
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          The victim's privacy, dress, behavior, and her character are assassinated in public once she reports this crime.  That is why so few rape victims report the crime.  

          People call the rape victim a liar in public places to damage her credibility.  She is harassed.  She is menaced.  She is threatened.

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:33:18 AM PDT

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