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In supporting the adoption of the rule change, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence said the age of “instant online sharing” demands a new layer of victim privacy.
“Keeping a victim’s name out of the media and off the Internet in no way impedes the public’s right to know that our court system is functioning fairly,” Director of Public Affairs Amanda Grady Sexton and Public Policy Specialist Jessica Eskeland said in a joint statement to the Monitor. “The media and the public do not have an absolute right to irrelevant information about victims of crime.”
Grady Sexton said by phone Friday that one of the main reasons sexual assault victims cite for not reporting is fear of a significant loss of privacy – something they’ve seen play out firsthand in other cases.
“No victim should have to choose between making a report and getting justice and their privacy,” she said.