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Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
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Is harassment same as rape?

Regarding the article, “Sexual harassment claim filed against juvenile justice center”:
Why is the accused named, but not the accusers? The article says the accusers are not named “because of the nature of the allegations.”
There is an old taboo against naming rape victims. Is that the implication intended by not naming the accusers? They’ve charged their supervisor with rape?
The naming taboo is giving way as our culture recognizes that the shame in a rape belongs to the rapist. Those who sexually bully — who torment others for their own entertainment and arousal — deserve the full weight and consequence of the law. Are these charges at Denney of sexual harassment or rape? Is sexual harassment, in The Daily Herald’s eyes, the same as rape?
The accused in our system, who we must presume innocent, is entitled to fair treatment and the light of day until convicted.
Undoubted victims of rape deserve comfort and support — and maybe to have their identities protected. I think that judgment may be left to the victim.
But it seems The Daily Herald’s policy is that those who make accusations of illegal behavior that relates to sexuality deserve the cover of darkness. Is that correct?
Gavin Layton
Mill Creek
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