One of my favorite sources for Datingish inspiration is the New York Times wedding announcements. But one such article
on July 22 piqued my interest on a not-so-happy topic. Bridget Kelly and Eric Strauss wed on July 7, 2012 but they have been friends for nearly 10 years. The couple first met when Kelly was interviewed by ABC, where Strauss is a news producer.
The reason for Kelly's fame? Because, like thousands of other women each year, Kelly was raped in 2002
. But unlike many of these women, Kelly agreed to have her real name revealed in the papers
Until my Journalism Ethics and First Amendment Law class sophomore fall, I had no idea that the names of many sex crime victims are kept from the papers. As a journalism major, I found this rather odd. Everybody else's name is reported, so why not the name of a rape victim?
As a woman, I found it made some sense. Many women don't want the fact that they were raped known, which I think is to be expected. But some think that by normalizing victim anonymity, we perpetuate the idea that rape is something to be ashamed of.
Both sides make valid points, so I'm hard-pressed to pick and choose. Since it's such a personal issue, I do like the idea that it's up to the rape victim - although I have to admit, the hard-news junkie in me strongly disagrees. So I really admire Kelly's courage. And how wonderful that she finally found the love of her life!What do you think? Should a rape victim's name be reported?