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EDITORIAL: The decision to publish


This newspaper’s decision to publish the name of a rape victim in its report in the March 6 edition was influenced by many factors.

While many publications have a policy not to publish the name of a victim of rape, we are aware of many circumstances where the name is made public by other media, by the victim, by discussions on social networks and through the victim’s circle of friends.

Often, the prosecution of the case hinges on the ability of the district attorney to ask the victim to testify at a public trial.

Many of these events contributed to our decision.

In this particular case...

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