On December 8th, Oregon’s Council on Court Procedures (COCP) will be meeting to vote on a change to Rule 16 to continue to allow pseudonyms (like “Jane Doe”) to be used in civil cases. This rule would allow survivors of sexual violence to seek civil justice without having to share their identities with the whole world (which carries with it the risk of retaliation and harassment from abusive people, facilitators of abuse, and their supporters).
Why are pseudonyms important? Many people don’t disclose abuse because they feel ashamed and are afraid of retaliation and harassment for speaking out. Providing survivors the option to use a pseudonym on civil court documents allows survivors to have greater safety and confidentialit
We need you to email the Council on Court Procedures to say you want them to vote to allow pseudonyms.
Can we count on you to take action today?