…Unless she’s dead

The Times-Picayune does not identify alleged victims of rape.

So says the sad article about Fredy Omar’s trial for rape.

Then, you go to another article in the same section, and apparently because the guy “is accused of raping and strangling his 16-year-old daughter in 2003 after taking her along with him on a drunken binge,” and she died, they can identify her, along with a picture in the print version.

The Omar article is sick on so many levels.  I love the guy as a musician and really hope he didn’t do it, but I don’t want to doubt a victim’s story.  Still, even though they saw fit to refer to Omar as “Latin bandleader” and “Honduran born musician,” I see nothing of the other alleged perpetrator’s “plumber of Irish descent” background or whatever.

And what decade is it when the defense’s case centers on whether the victim was wearing underwear or was drunk?  None of that matters if he did what she didn’t want him to.

2 Responses to …Unless she’s dead

  1. Michael Homan says:

    Nobody wins from this story. I think it is ridiculous that it made the front page. I should add that my family and I have participated in Freddy Omar led soccer matches for kids many Sundays, and I’m a big fan of the person and his music. So I’m biased. Lessons from the way the story is told in the T-P are many for both men and women, and I should probably leave it at that.

  2. HammHawk says:

    Agreed. I’m biased too, and it’s sad any way you slice it. Someone’s hurt regardless.

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