FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2013
CONTACT: Kath Cummins
Washington, DC-- The National Center for Victims of Crime condemns the naming of the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case by several television networks.
"Two wrongs do not make a right," said the National Center's Executive Director Mai Fernandez. "That the victim's name was mentioned in open court is no excuse for the networks to then neglect their responsibility to protect her privacy."
We urge the networks to apologize, and to develop protocols that ensure that rape victims names are not reported.
"Naming rape victims re-victimizes them, and it discourages other victims from reporting this already under-reported crime."
The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.