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J.7. Preserving Confidentiality when Writing About Others

RCers should protect the confidentiality of other individuals in RC publications or on RC e-mail lists (see Guideline K.4., RC Community E-mail Discussion Lists) unless the individual gives consent to be identified. This includes not using identifiers (for example, “my child, partner, parent,” and so on, or identifying descriptions of the person). RCers should write anonymously[86] (or use a pseudonym) if there is no other way to protect another person’s confidentiality.[87]

When an RC author has gotten consent from an individual to reveal their identity, the author should still check with an experienced RCer before proceeding.


Individuals, including children, should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they wish to have their distresses and struggles written about in a public forum. Other information can reveal an unnamed individual’s identity.

[86] Anonymously means without being named or otherwise identified.

[87] Anonymity on RC e-mail lists can be achieved by sending a posting to the person in charge of the list, who will forward the posting to the list administrator at <>, for him to post it anonymously. Signing the posting with a pseudonym can be helpful. It will help readers identify postings from the same author in an e-mail thread that has multiple anonymous authors.

Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00