Privacy


Privacy

Publicity about the victims of crimes can in itself be traumatic to the victims, particularly for children who are generally sensitive about their reputations and are also less able to control or counteract information being disseminated about them. While juvenile victims of other juveniles are accorded privacy along with the perpetrator, victims of adult perpetrators are often not afforded the same anonymity. Indeed, abduction victims are almost always identified and media policies preserving the privacy of juvenile victims of other adult-commited crimes are far from universal. There has not, to date, been a study of the impact of publicity or anxiety about publicity on child victims. Nonetheless, there are reasons to believe that publicity or fear of publicity does cause harm.

Therefore, while there has yet been no strong research conducted, there are reasons to believe, based on trauma theory and common intuition, that publicity my harm juvenile crime victims.

Source: Finkelhor, D. & Putnam, C. (2004). Protecting the privacy of child crime victims. APRI: Update, 17(2): 1-2.