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Northwest Arkansas Times and the sexual assault victim

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So let me get this straight:

The Northwest Arkansas Times won’t print the wedding announcement of gay couples, but it will publish the names of victims of sexual assault?

It was a certainly a blow for truth, justice and the American way this morning when I read in the pages of the NWA Times of the sexual assault at a Fayetteville bar on Monday night. Not only were the details of the crime given, but the NWA Times went one step further and printed the name of the sexual assault victim.

Has the NWA Times changed its policy on naming the victims of sexual assault, or did this lucky woman just slip through the cracks?

Whatever the case, study after study has shown that if women feel that their names will be splashed across the pages of the newspapers, they are less likely to report sexual sexual assaults.

And this just leaves aside the horrific emotional impact on the victim of knowing that the whole world knows of the crime. We live in a world in which so many love to blame the victim, even (and especially) the victims themselves.

What were you thinking?

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Student apartment occupancy - papers, please!

Well, it certainly seems nice of the city to allow up to five university students at a time to live together in certain developments.

Do they have to be full-time students? Are part-time students eligible?

What if one or more of the students drops out for a semester or two - or forever?

What if one leaves and a non-student moves in?

Oh, I forgot. I’m not supposed to ask these questions.

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