Decision to hold back names not taken lightly

Friday, September 28, 2007 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 1:44 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Twice in two weeks, your Columbia Missourian has withheld information from you. So far, we’ve only partially explained one of those decisions: to withhold the name of the 16-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted during a home invasion in north Columbia. We decided not to identify the father of the victims — five children ranging in age from 7 to 16 — because identifying any member of the family would have identified the victim.