Should This Woman Be Named?

A supermarket tabloid and some of the biggest names in journalism ignite an angry debate by identifying the victim of the alleged rape at the Kennedy mansion

In Palm Beach the identity of the woman who accused Ted Kennedy's nephew, William Kennedy Smith, of rape has been no secret since shortly after the alleged Easter-weekend assault. Her name and address have been so widely circulated that dozens of journalists have been staking out her home in nearby Jupiter for weeks. On April 7, her name appeared in London's Sunday Mirror. Yet the police and U.S. news organizations, following a long tradition of protecting the anonymity of rape victims, had declined to disclose it. Then last week the Globe broke the taboo.

The Globe is a supermarket scandal sheet...

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