"accuser" = 'victim'

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Mar 17 15:43:06 UTC 2013

Yahoo! News's top story (of some past instant):

Judge finds two Ohio teens guilty of raping girl

[At the end:]

"Under its policy of keeping the names of
accusers in rape cases confidential, Reuters has not identified the girl."

My guess is that, although the accused were
convicted, because the article observes that the
"girl"s story was questioned by the defense, she
can only be described as an "accuser", not as an actual "victim".

*By*Drew Singer | Reuters – 24 mins ago
(*Writing* by James B. Kelleher and David Bailey;
editing by Steve Gorman, Xavier Briand and Bill Trott)
[ Emphasis added.]


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