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Accusers will lose their anonymity at Penn State trial; experts say it could be traumatic
The young men who accuse former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of molesting them have been allowed to remain anonymous through months of heavy media coverage.
That's about to change.
When they take the witness stand as early as next week, the alleged victims will be forced to state their names for the record.
Attorneys for the accusers as well as victims' advocates argue the loss of anonymity could traumatize them all over again, given the possibility their identities will become common knowledge.
Most traditional media organizations, including The Associated Press, have longstanding policies against naming alleged victims of sexual assault.
But in the age of social media and citizen journalists, old media standards may no longer make much difference.