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A Response to Rape Trial Media Coverage

Too much detail – I sat and read in horror all the specifics that were included in the front page headline story about the rape trial involving the woman from South Marion from one year …

As a former journalist and Chronicle-Tribune police reporter, I remember the desire to report as many details as the police and courts made available to me. But now, as director of Hands of Hope, a division of Radiant Health I see things much differently.

What was reported in the July 21, Chronicle-Tribune edition with the headline Jury Selection Begins in Rape Trial, was horrific. I can’t even begin to imagine the emotional wounds it has opened for the victim, her family and her friends.

I do not want to believe that the reporter who wrote this story maliciously included all the specifics that were included. I recall as a young reporter fresh out of college that the more detailed the story the better, I believed.

But again, things have changed for me. As an advocate for victims for the past 21 years, I can’t sit idly by the sidelines and not speak out about the lack of sensitivity that has been shown by the article.

I feel a great sense of urgency, to educate not only the reporter and his editors, but the community, that there are serious consequences to including too much graphic detail in the newspaper about crimes.

Sexual assault is possibly the most violent and invasive crime a person could succumb to. There are various steps a person who has been attacked goes through on the road to healing. I would have to believe that the healing process may be greatly affected by this article.

There is also the potential chilling effect this article may have on other victims who will not report now because of the graphic details reported in the Chronicle-Tribune. This crime remains one that consistently is under reported.

It is because of the victim, her family, her friends and any other past or future victim, that I ask the Chronicle-Tribune and other media outlets to curtail the details and just report on the most basic of facts. The articles need to be written. The public needs to know the alleged suspects are being held accountable for their actions, but the specifics of what the victim went through are not details that I believe are necessary.

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On January 19th, 2023 Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Service Society, Inc. merged to create a bigger, better, and brighter mental health organization called Radiant Health.

We’re excited for you to meet the new us, and to get a chance to help work together on the new you.

How we help.

When you’re in the middle of it, addiction can feel like a dead-end road. We know for certain that it isn’t. Just like any mental health challenge, addiction is an obstacle on our path. And, with some innovation and hardwork, we can work our way around it. On the other side of that obstacle is a bright future with healthy relationships, purpose-driven life, and a profound joy that’s been missing for all too long.

What do we mean?

Like so many things, mental health is passed down through families. Through behaviors, mirroring, and conditioning, we learn so much of what we know from those closest to us. Oftentimes that’s for the better, sometimes it’s not. At Radiant Health, we’re here to help ensure that your family makes purpose and joy as hereditary as any trait you might pass down to future generations. With a bit of hard word, together, we can make joy run in your family. 

What is Better?

Better ≠ perfect. Better means a path of continuous improvement; of evolution. When we focus on getting 1% better, 1% brighter every single day., we’re able to see the joy in the moment, while feeling the pride that comes with taking the reins over your life and working hard on yourself.  Here at Radiant, to focus on your future, we move towards it one achievable step at a time. 

What is Better Care?

When we talk about “brighter, better care” through our specialized services it boils down to 3 simple ideas. First, better care is safer care. Our facilities and staff are trained and equipped to offer safe, secure facilities during any stay. Second, better care is a respect for dignity. We believe in the dignity of every human being and we treat each person with the same level of respect. Finally, better care is the pursuit of purpose. Our treatment is designed with the firm belief that every person has purpose and, through it, finds joy.

What to Expect?

At Radiant Health you can expect a warmth and cheer that are rare in the mental health space. We believe firmly that the commitment to mental health is a commitment to finding purpose, but also discovering joy in the pursuit of it. Walking through our doors is a simple and transparent process. You’ll begin with an initial consultation with our expert staff, developing a blueprint, and taking that first step towards incremental improvement.