Photo Courtesy of Flickr/Regan76 A night of heavy drinking turned into a nightmare for a Jefferson City lobbyist -- thanks in part to the Post-Dispatch's A-1 report Friday.
Editor's note: We updated this story at 5 p.m. on June 22. Scroll to the bottom for the latest.
The woman called Jefferson City police at 8 a.m. on April 9 to say that she was worried she'd been sexually assaulted the night before. She couldn't remember where she'd been most of the evening -- and not only did her wrist hurt, but her clothes were both muddy and bloody. Police took her to the hospital and compiled evidence for a rape kit.
Two months later, on June 19, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran her photo on its front page. The accompanying story listed all the alcohol she'd consumed the night before -- with details including the size of various bar tabs and the specific drinks (wine, vodka Red Bull, Jagerbombs) she'd paid for. It also named the man she'd previously been in a sexual relationship with, even though he was not suspected of any wrongdoing and wasn't even present for the night's festivities.
It published her name and her job (a lobbyist at the time she filed the police report, she's now in public relations) and said she'd declined to be interviewed.
And then, in classic daily newspaper fashion, it attempted to make the story about something bigger, something important.More »