PCC: Take a Break identified sexual assault victim
Take a Break magazine heavily criticised after identity of assult victim revealed.
The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint against Take a Break magazine after it identified a woman who, as a child, had been sexually assaulted by her stepfather.
A real-life article in October revealed details of how the woman and her sister had been abused by their stepfather, who was subsequently jailed for rape and other sexual offences.
Take a Break named both victims, and included photographs of them, saying the women had waived their right to anonymity.
The woman complained to the PCC, who ruled today that there had been an "unacceptable failure" on the part of the magazine to protect the complainant's identity and it had clearly breached privacy rules and regulations banning the identification of victims of sexual assault.