Sunday, 6 December 2009

Sexual assault victim speaks out on name suppression

In a meta moment, the Herald reports on an interview in the NZ Women's Weekly:
The teenage girl indecently assaulted by a prominent musician has broken her silence, saying that even police tried to dissuade her from pursuing charges against him.

In an exclusive interview in this week's New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Brittany Cancian, 17, demanded that the prominent entertainer be named. She said the case had left her wanting justice.

Brittany, of Lower Hutt, revealed that police advised her that the musician was offering $200 to charity and told her that she should have "some compassion" towards him. "My dad went berserk about that."

Brittany told the Woman's Weekly that she had been treated like a "dog". "I felt like crap.

"I'm angry that he got name suppression. I think if he was a normal person, it would be different. I want people to know his name and I feel like the court has taken his side."
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Will be interesting to see if the police do comment on the allegations that they basically tried to make this go away. Probably though they will just take Judy Callingham's advice about just saying no. I'm sure many many police do good work in the area of sexual violence, especially since the Louise Nicholas cases, however on the face of it looks like they are not there yet.

On this topic, readers may be interested in this post at Kiwiblog (and actually you need to read the comments to get the full tenor of it, they are nowhere near as bad as usual), in which David Farrar talks about his experience participating in a panel discussion on name suppression and the internet, and inadvertently lets the cat out of the bag. It's a good example of just how tricky this stuff is in the days of Web 2.0.

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