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Globe Carries Name of Kennedy Rape Case Woman: National 'Supermarket' Tabloid Defies Florida Law

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Globe Carries Name of Kennedy Rape Case Woman: National 'Supermarket' Tabloid Defies Florida Law

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Globe carries name of Kennedy rape case woman

In an action that could force a court fight over the Florida law banning the publication of rape victims' names, the "supermarket" tabloid The Globe in its April 23 issue published the name and photo of the woman who says she was raped at the Kennedy vacation home in Palm Beach, Fla.

Under the headline, "Kennedy Rape Gal Exposed," the Globe cited "British press reports" in identifying the woman. Though most mainstream press reports say the woman in 29, she is described as a "30-year-old heiress" in the Globe.

The woman's name had previously been printed in the Sunday Mirror, the Robert Maxwell-owned London tabloid.

In a statement defending the publication, Globe editor in chief Wendy Henry said, "Everyone in the world knows the victim's identity, her name and photo have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide.

"The Globe feels in matters of extraordinary public interest, our readers should also have access to all the facts. We must also point out there is no shame in being the victim of a mugger in the alley," she continued.

By publishing the name, the Globe defied a 1911 Florida state law that forbids publishing or broadcasting a sexual assault victim's "name, address or other identifying fact or information. …

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