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June 5, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Privacy of victim was ignored in article

STILLWATER, Okla. — Bonnie Haas

Stillwater

To the editor:

I was disturbed to read the article in the Sunday, June 1 edition of the News Press regarding the rape of a young minor. I realize that details may be important at the trial or sentencing of the perpetrator, but why did the victim need to be identified as the “10-year-old daughter” of the accused?

A child who suffers the physical, mental and psychological damage of such an act does not need her peers, neighborhood and acquaintances exposing her identity. Discretion would have referred to the subject as a “minor child,” (which could mean anyone in the area).

It is possible for a journalist to draft a credible article and still be sensitive to the privacy of the minor. Additionally, it is certainly the responsibility of the publisher to protect innoncent children in matters of publication. Does sensationalism win over common decency?

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