Duke Lacrosse Case Spurs Talk About ID Of Alleged Rape Victims

Now that the Duke lacrosse criminal case is over, the name of the accuser is showing up in major newspapers and on the Internet.

Her name was withheld before because of a long practice by journalists not to identify alleged victims of sex crimes.

Advocates for sexual-assault victims hope it stays that way.

But defense attorneys have a different perspective. Some hope the Duke case might prompt the media to review their current practices and switch to policies of identifying accusers as well as defendants.

In the Duke case, virtually all major media outlets declined to identify the accuser as the saga unfolded. That unanimity broke down when North Carolina's attorney general dismissed all remaining criminal charges against the three lacrosse players.


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