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Rape Notes Deemed Private; Bishop Blames Victims

Saturday, February 7, 2004

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(WOMENSENEWS)--


Cheers

Notes written by a victim's advocate working with the woman who has accused Los Angeles Laker star Kobe Bryant of rape are privileged information, the judge in the case has ruled.

The Denver Post reports that Bryant's lawyers had battled to get access to the notes, claiming they were not subject to client-therapist privilege because they were notes on a meeting between the accuser and the police, which the advocate sat in on.

But attorney Inga Causey, representing the Resource Center of Eagle County, Colo., where the counselor worked, successfully argued that no one would confide in victim advocates if any aspect of their communication could be made public.

Causey told Judge Terry Ruckriegle that providing the defense with the notes could stop other victims from reporting rapes. She also noted that the accuser had already paid a price for coming forward. "Her name, home address, phone number have been passed around like a dirty post card," Causey said.

For more information:

The Denver Post--"Bryant not privy to notes, judge rules": http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E53%257E1926785,00.html?search=filter

Taiwan News--"Spaniards Angered by Bishops":
http://www.etaiwannews.com/World/2004/02/06/1076034307.htm



Jeers

Domestic violence, sexual abuse and homeless children are the "bitter fruits" of sexual liberation, according to the Spanish Roman Catholic Bishops Conference, which released a treatise on the family this week.

With domestic violence on the rise in Spain, and "horrific stories about women dying or being beaten by their husbands and partners," appearing daily in the newspapers, women's groups and politicians jumped on the domestic violence aspect of the treatise, reports The Associated Press.

"The cause of violent death of some 100 women every year is not the sexual revolution," says opposition Socialist party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, "but rather criminal machismo." The leading Spanish daily, El Pais, called the bishops' position "ludicrous."