Could we not publish the names of alleged rape victims?
posted by Ironmouth to Etiquette/Policy at 8:47 AM (269 comments total)
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, the names of two rape victims are posted on MetaFilter. It turns out that people are using these names to post threats against the alleged rape victims across the internet
, especially on Twitter.
I think we ought to have a policy regarding the publication of the names of alleged rape victims. Many newspapers have such a policy in place.
Regardless of your position on the whole wikileaks mess, I think it best that a policy of not publishing the names of alleged rape victims be established.
I think the comments should be deleted, or edited to take the names out. I also think people should self-police on these issues. Furthermore, many US states have laws against the behavior (most have been declared overbroad, but being careful is important.)
A search of one of the accusers' names comes up with over 30 comments using her name. I think we can not be a part of this.