Woman Tweets About Rape

Police ask Florida victim to stop posting
By Luke Kelly-Clyne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2011 1:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Florida had to ask a rape victim to stop tweeting about the attack, reports the St. Petersburg Times. The 24-year-old turned to Twitter about an hour after reporting the assault, which took place in the renovated bus she has been living in and blogging about: "Ybor- 6'2 black man w scruffy beard blue shirt tan shorts driving commercial truck call me. broke into (the bus) & raped me. Glad im alive."

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That set off two hours of chatter among the victim and her 600 followers until police became aware of it and asked the woman to stop posting. "There are things that clearly only the suspect knows, and we don't want it getting out there," a police official tells the Tampa Tribune. The woman, described by ABC in Tampa as a "highly educated self-proclaimed hippie," complied. Her instinct to turn to social media is an increasingly common one for trauma victims, says one local counselor. "They're not thinking about the impact of the information. She's leaving herself open to be re-victimized." (Read more rape stories.)

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