Thursday, 30 August 2018
It is interesting to watch how much religions, with what appear to be radical differences, have in common. We have watched the Catholic hierarchy give character references and support to paedophile priests. Now we have Rabbi Marcus Solomon of Dianella Shul and Chabad of Western Australia's Rabbi Shalom White providing character references for a man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his daughter in 2003 when she was 11 or 12 years old.
For sexual assault victims the ban on publicising the name of the offender who had assaulted them was intended to protect the identity of the victim. It seems ridiculous, as in the case of Tracey May (The Age 30.8.18), if a victim wants to tell the world what has happened to them and who is responsible that this is not an option they have. To reveal their identity or not to reveal it, and hence the identity of the offender, should be left with the victim to decide.