Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

December 22, 2011 | 02:49 PM

W.H. I apologize for not prefacing my question more clearly. You are absolutely correct that the flyers, posters, social media posting and news articles with her name, picture and description played a large role in having her located so quickly. The journalistic purposes for identifying her at that stage were clear - to alert the community of a missing child; to assist authorities in their search operations; and to report her successful rescue.

But I believe that all changes when it becomes apparent that the now recovered child is potentially a victim of a sexual assault, unless it is the policy of this organization to routinely publish the names and photographs of victims of such crimes. And that was where my question was directed. We are talking about the welfare and future development of a child.

Would this story be any less informative for the public if the child's name and photograph were omitted? The news of her discovery and return to her family could still be reported, thus fulfilling their mission and mandate, and the child and family could begin the arduous healing process with privacy.

Indeed UNICEf has published a list of Principles for Ethical Reporting on Children: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_tools_guidelines.html - which includes "Always change the name and obscure the visual identity of any child who is identified as ... a victim of sexual abuse or exploitation." And "avoid categorisations or descriptions that expose a child to negative reprisals - including additional physical or psychological harm, or to lifelong abuse, discrimination or rejection by their local communities. "

I think that is the least I would expect in this case if the victim were my child.

still another concerned citizen