Web Site Allows Rape Victims To Identify Alleged Attackers
Police, residents and prosecutors are considering the pros and cons of a new Web site that gives rape victims a forum to post information about their alleged attackers, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported on Monday.
Signs that encourage victims to expose their attackers can be found in the Short North. In bold print the flyers read, "Expose your rapist."
The flyers direct people to a Web site where they can list details about their attacker, including their name, Seavert reported.
The Web site has gotten the attention of Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, whose office currently runs a victim's advocate program.
O'Brien believes the forum could be of help as it gives police a possible tool in serial rape cases.
"That kind of thing posted there may allow law enforcement a follow up," O'Brien said.
Even though phony posts can be traced, O'Brien worries about false accusations and proof of guilt.
Residents in the Short North shared similar concerns with 10TV News.
"It's harmful in a way because people could post something about somebody that is untrue," a passerby said after seeing a sign.
Another person who saw the sign said victims should be encouraged to seek out authorities.
"I think the use of this Web site would only be a last resort, in my suggestion," O'Brien said.
Police said that victims should file a police report first, and then go to the hospital to receive a rape kit, Seavert reported.
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- Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio
- 24-hour rape Helpline: (614) 267-7020.