Some Media Outlets Violate Best Practices In N.H. School Rape Case


The 15-year-old girl told her family she had been raped at St. Paul’s prep school in New Hampshire. She told her story to the police. This week, more than a year later, she spent 2-1/2 days testifying and being cross-examined, sometimes tearfully, says the Christian Science Monitor. The prospect of those ordeals gives a sense of why many survivors of sexual crimes never come forward. The girl, now 16, has left school and moved away from the area with her family because of the “ugliness” of some of the responses to her story, an advocate says. Media outlets and social media postings have disclosed her name and her voice to the public in violation of privacy laws, court rulings, and journalistic best practices.

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