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Commission hearings are open to the public, but as a media professional we ask that you acknowledge and respect the victims’ wishes if they request not to be filmed or have their pictures taken. The victims that attend the hearings are often traumatized and very emotional when they have to relive a crime. Also cited below you will find important Florida Statutes relating to victims identity being published in the media. The Commission requests that the media follow the below procedures to ensure proper handling of such a sensitive topic for parole and clemency hearings:

Who Is A Victim?

A victim, according to s. 960.03(13), Florida Statutes, is a person who suffers personal injury or death as a direct result of a crime or a personal loss; or a person less than 16 years of age who was present at the scene of a crime, saw or heard the crime, and suffered a psychiatric or psychological injury because of the crime, but who was not physically injured. All victim information is confidential by Florida Statute.

Sensitivity Relating to Sexual Battery Victims

794.03 Unlawful to publish or broadcast information identifying sexual offense victim. – No person shall print, publish, or broadcast, or cause or allow to be printed, published, or broadcast, in any instrument of mass communication the name, address, or other identifying fact or information of the victim of any sexual offense within this chapter, except as provided in s. 119.071(2)(h) or unless the court determines that such information is no longer confidential and exempt pursuant to s. 92.56. An offense under this section shall constitute a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.