We never want to hide the news
Some things are better left unsaid, this is true. Being a part of the news media, this newspaper is often put in debatable situations with regards to what we should print and what we should not. Sometimes we are privy to more information than we share but choose to keep it that way out of respect and privacy for crime victims, the families of suicide victims, law enforcement investigators trying to do their jobs, and innocent people who could be unnecessarily harmed by our stories.
There are other times when we do release information that may not make everybody happy, but is done for what we believe to be the right reason.
Recently we received a letter condemning this newspaper for releasing the name of the group home where two rapes allegedly happened at the hands of group home employees. The concern was that by releasing the name of the group homes, that we re-victimized the victims. So that there is understanding of what our general policies are in these situations – because they come up often enough and they are usually delicate – let us lay out a few of them.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.