Making the Case for Victims' Privacy in Civil Sexual Abuse Lawsuits.

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Date: Mar. 2021
From: Psychological Injury and Law(Vol. 14, Issue 1)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 175 words

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Keywords: Privacy; Sexual abuse; Civil lawsuits Abstract Requirements that an adult plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit involving childhood sexual abuse cannot proceed without revealing their legal names or identities could constitute a form of revictimization for that person. When courts deny the right for an individual to file claims in cases like this, using a pseudonym, or to keep private their abuse history from collaterals who have no information relevant to their claims, the harms already suffered by a victim/survivor could be magnified. Many of the same traumagenic dynamics that had operated years earlier related to the abuse could play out as the plaintiff experiences a loss of power, a likelihood of being stigmatized, and a sense of betrayal by the jurisdictional system of justice. In these types of cases, the laws and policies involved need to be trauma-informed and to protect plaintiffs from potential harm when their rights are not considered. Author Affiliation: (1) Phoenix, USA (a) Article History: Registration Date: 02/11/2021 Received Date: 10/24/2020 Accepted Date: 02/11/2021 Online Date: 03/09/2021 Byline:

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A658513187