Publishers: Keep sexual assault reports public

Massachusetts  State House in Boston on Beacon Street
Massachusetts State House in Boston on Beacon Street

BOSTON (AP) — An organization representing Massachusetts newspaper publishers is warning that a portion of a domestic violence bill designed to protect the identities of victims of rape, domestic violence and sexual assault could also shield the alleged perpetrators from public disclosure.

The Massachusetts House on Tuesday approved an overhaul off the state’s domestic violence laws, including new bail guidelines and tougher penalties.

One part of the bill would keep reports of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence off daily police incident logs to protect victims.

The Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association Executive Director Robert Ambrogi said that would also have the unintended consequence of shielding perpetrators from public disclosure.

Ambrogi said the police logs should be kept open, or alternatively the names of victims could be protected while keeping the reports and the names of alleged perpetrators open.

 

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