Should sexual assault victims still be kept anonymous?
In civil court, openness is the rule, says Elizabeth Grace, a lawyer who specializes in cases of sexual assault and abuse. Unlike in criminal cases, she said, it is rare for victims who seek civil redress to ask that their identities are protected.
Grace explains to each of her clients that making a civil claim could expose them to media scrutiny, and most decide to go forward anyway.
“They want to put the shame behind them. They’re ready to move forward,” she said.