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01-09-13 Letters to the editor

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It was very disturbing to read the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor, front page, above the fold.  You stooped very low to report and describe in detail a crime involving domestic violence.  I believe the news war between the local media has resulted in sleaze journalism.

This incident could have simply been reported in Police Beat.  By naming and describing the victim in such detail the Monitor is guilty of re-victimizing the victim.  

A victim of domestic violence (DV) is most often humiliated and shamed and you most likely made it worse.  

There are usually many incidents of DV before the police are called. 

Victims of well-known persons in the community are likely not to report due to public humiliation and fear of ramifications.   In this case the neighbor made the 911 call.

I worked as a victim advocate for four Metro Denver cities for 11 years.  

My comments are made from experience.  The bulk of my work was domestic violence and sexual assault — usually, but not always, against women. 


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