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  • August 17
  • July 31
    On Thursday, July 25th the Oregon Supreme Court upheld Oregon’s rape shield provision allowing for in camera hearings.  NCVLI filed an amicus brief in this case in an effort to preserve the privacy of sexual assault victims.  To read media coverage of this case, click here and here.  Click here to read NCVLI’s summary of the court opinion.
  • November 19
    “[P]rivacy is like oxygen; it is a pervasive, consistentneed at every step of recovery. Within the context of the legal system, if a victim iswithout privacy, all other remedies are moot.”
    Ilene Seidman & Susan Vickers, The Second Wave: An Agenda for the Next Thirty Years of Rape Law Reform, 38 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 467, 473 (2005).
  • September 21
    NCVLI recently joined with a number of national and Ohio-based victim groups to file an amicus curiae brief in the Ohio Supreme Court regarding a sexual assault victim’s right to privacy by use of a pseudonym when pursuing justice through civil litigation against the offender.  At times, the fight to protect victim privacy can seem never ending; fortunately, awareness, as well as the number of advocates fighting the battle, is growing!
  • June 28
    During the course of criminal proceedings, the government provided defendant with certain documents from which personal information—including names, addresses, and social security numbers—relating to the victims had been redacted.  Defendant filed a motion requesting that the court give him access to unredacted versions of materials in the government’s possession, alleging that the material provided “contains heavy redaction, which renders it essentially incomprehensible.”  Defendant also objected to the redaction of the names and addresses of his adult victims.  Defendant asserted that he requires the redacted information in order to “research the criminal and public records of the witnesses and victims,” but refused to provide additional information about his need for the information, citing that doing so would reveal defense strategy.
  • June 8
    Oregon judge orders Google searches by alleged rape victim turned over to accused man
  • April 2
    Connecticut - State Supreme Court Rules Against Crime Victim In Privacy Case
  • November 16
    NCVLI recently provided legal technical assistance in a Pennsylvania civil case involving a minor victim’s right to privacy in the psychotherapist-client relationship.  The courts ultimately protected the victim’s privacy by preventing the plaintiff from subpoenaing the psychotherapist to testify, which could have resulted in the exposure of the minor’s private and privileged communications made during the course of therapy.
  • October 6
    In a case involving a horrific shooting spree in Hawaii, NCVLI submitted an amicus brief urging the court to keep 911 tapes made by or about victims out of the media in an effort to protect victims’ state constitutional right to privacy.
  • September 7
    NCVLI recently provided legal research and analysis in support of a Florida prosecutor’s motion for a protective order to prevent a defendant in a case involving child abuse images from discovering the identities of the victims depicted.
  • May 16
    Disclosure of private information about victims is yet another revictimization in the aftermath of crime.  Many state constitutions and statutes, in addition to federal protections, guarantee victims privacy rights as well as the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect for their privacy.  NCVLI recently provided technical assistance to a state office of crime victim services in support of the office’s decision to redact identifying victim information from documents that were produced in response to a civil discovery request. 
  • February 2
    The Eleventh Circuit court of appeals ruled that a Florida District Court abused its discretion when it denied the requests of four women to proceed anonymously in a civil suit against Joe Francis, the producer of the “Girls Gone Wild” DVD series.  NCVLI participated in the proceedings as amicus curiae.
  • May 13
    Sex crime victims suffer serious harm when there is unwanted public disclosure of information related to their victimization.  NCVLI is working to protect the identities of sex crime victims in the high-profile “Girls Gone Wild” case. 
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