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I recently read an article about the international uproar over the alleged sexual assault crimes by  wiki leaks founder, Julian Assange.  The article, written by Naomi Wolf, was a thoughtful and critical commentary of the current trend to protect the anonymity of  rape victims.  At issue is whether doing so is fair and ethical and useful in the struggle to end sexual violence.    I don’t quite know where I sit with regard to this issue but it certainly is food for thought.   It raises a hosts of questions as to whether rape shield laws add to  the already entrenched taboo  and stigma surrounding rape and thus preventing women from seeking care and reporting such alleged crimes?       Do rape shield laws reflect the attitudes of a bygone Victorian era as Wolff asserts in her article?     What does it mean to be the victim of sexual violence today in American and for the matter in the world?    Does anonymity for victims in effect hinder efforts to end sexual violence?   In keeping the names of alleged victims from the public domain are we duplicitous in the message that women are not equal to men?

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