After revealing the name of the woman who accused New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana of rape, ESPN is being blasted for practicing irresponsible journalism.
John Clune, the woman's attorney who also represented Kobe Bryant’s rape accuser, is irate: "ESPN has now set a dangerous precedent in telling rape victims that this will be their punishment if they attempt to pursue accountability for their celebrity offenders."
"Disappointingly, ESPN today chose to publicize the identity of a rape victim on their website, despite the obvious attempt by this woman to protect herself and her children from further unwarranted harassment and abuse in pursuing her only remaining avenue to hold Mr. Santana accountable."
The reason behind the judge’s decision to reveal her name to the public is that it’s wrong to allow a person hide behind anonymity when they make accusations that could ruin people’s lives.
There’s no good way for this case to end up — all we can hope for is that each side is truthful in their case and that a just ruling is made.
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