Saturday, January 26, 2013

In campus 'peeping Tom' claim, Prof. complains that university is 'playing favorites' by publicizing accuser's name but not the accused's: now he knows how we feel

An Oklahoma State University female student claims her ex-boyfriend, an OSU football player, secretly videotaped them having sex four months ago. She claims he has been showing that video to friends and bragging about it. She says she's seen the video.

Dr. Joey Senat, who teaches Media Law at OSU, has issues with the way the university's communications department has publicized the event. The university's report lists the name, address, and phone number of the 19-year-old OSU student who filed the complaint. In contrast, the suspect's name was blacked out.

"That raises the question that they are playing favorites," Prof. Senat said.

The University countered that since this was not a sexual assault or a violent incident, the reporting party should be made public. The communications department also said the suspect's name was blacked out because it's "an ongoing investigation."

We share the professor's concerns about "playing favorites." It is wrong, by any measure. But this blog is replete with incidents where the news media shields the names of sexual assault accusers but splashes the names of the young men accused on the front page -- on the basis of nothing more than "he said, she said" accusations. The blatant injustice is underscored by the terrible harm often inflicted to the reputations of the young men accused.

It is unfortunate that Prof. Senat doesn't complain that the news media is "playing favorites" when that occurs, because it clearly is.

Source: http://www.newson6.com/story/20711499/osu-professor-questions-schools-handling-of-peeping-tom-case

10 comments:

  1. "The blatant injustice is underscored by the terrible harm often inflicted to the reputations of the young men accused."

    How about the terrible harm inflicted upon the young men themselves?

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  2. How about it? We've been writing about it for years.

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  3. There are at least three OSU's in the US. If you're going to name and shame, perhaps you should spell out which one in the headline or opening paragraphs.

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  4. Seems as if there's not many new FR stories in the news? At one point, there was a new story on an average of once a day. Sometimes the weekend would go by and no new stories, but then Sunday night there would be 3 or 4 of them to make up for it!

    Are there just not that many False Accusations anymore?

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  5. Anon at 2:17: I doubt that there are any fewer, but I hope you are right. I can tell you that over the past year or so, our blog has shifted a bit and is on the lookout for stories that shed light on the problems presumptively innocent men face when they've been accused of sex offenses. That means we no longer look exclusively for stories that fit into the category "HERE'S ANOTHER ONE!" Take this story, for example. The sentiment expressed is important. But why do we never hear it with respect to presumptively innocent men accused of rape who've had their names splashed all over the newspaper?

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  6. sysadmn: thanks, we certainly would not have made that mistake if we had thought about it just a little. We've changed the story.

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  7. Somehow I doubt this professor would object if the sexes were reversed. The consistency is that people think it's wrong to name the woman.

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  8. I think you should go back to posting the stories of FRA constantly, as it's the best support for raising awareness. Not doing so allows the Feminazi's to hide behind the illusion of it not being prevalent.

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  9. Anybody who wants to start their own blog is free to do so. We like what we do here.

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  10. It's funny when assholes come on here telling you what to do.

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