New Ghislaine Maxwell case news could be a problem for her victims
Imagine being a victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking ring. First off, you were abused in private by some of the most powerful people on Earth. Then, you witnessed the news of the case drag on until Epstein’s death. So with that, the man who tortured you is no longer able to be brought to justice since he’s dead.
Now, the Ghislaine Maxwell case is in the news as Maxwell’s attorney team is trying to keep whatever documents concealed as they can, so it doesn’t show the public Maxwell’s role in the ring. But in return, the judges are trying to prevent Maxwell’s team from leaking the name of victims.
Living hell for the victims
Again, imagine if you were trying to stay out of the spotlight after a dark time in your life, and you’re forced back in because your abuser name-dropped you during her high profile case. If you think Maxwell’s a monster now because of the accusations against her, this is some next level evil.
While some victims of Epstein’s and Maxwell’s have spoken out about the way they were lured into the ring and how they were abused on Epstein Island, many have stayed silent. Even though the civil suit against Epstein’s estate to gain financial compensation for their suffering.
By letting Ghislaine Maxwell leak these names to the news, the judge would be letting numerous young women back into a light they want to avoid reliving their past trauma. These women, more than anyone, deserve their privacy to heal from these tragic events.
Why release the victims’ names?
It may seem out of character for Ghislaine Maxwell to give the news corporations free news, with how private she is, but it’s the perfect strategy.
Maxwell, simultaneously, is fighting to keep hundreds of Jeffrey Epstein’s documents private from the judicial court, so there’s no chance any of the information would leak to the public. Just after the judge implied in the statement they were going to design such a thing, Maxwell and her legal council called a meeting, and decided to fight fire with fire.
As long as the judge keeps her deal and lets sleeping dogs lie, we can’t imagine Maxwell and her team would risk their chances by releasing the names anyway. Maxwell is terrified that if the wrong document leaks, she’ll meet a similar fate as Epstein, so she’ll cooperate with authorities while trying to save her own neck.
Could there be benefits to naming them?
This whole argument is coming from the fact that Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team is claiming that they need to publicize the names so they can investigate and properly bring them in as witnesses to the trial. They also argued any victims they named would only be a victim that has spoken about Epstein and Maxwell on a public forum, not anyone who’s stayed out of the public eye.
The prosecution, who ultimately won their argument, however, is trying to let victims decide for themselves when they’re ready to come forward. They want to build a space for victims to come out against Maxwell without fear of shaming or consequences for doing so, and they believe the victims being forced out of hiding is hurting that.
Will more victims come forward?
Arguably one of the most famous names associated with the case, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, has made it loud and clear that she will not stay quiet about her abuse from Epstein and Maxwell, among others. She also has helped get justice for other victims, while also letting them remain anonymous if they so choose.
But by her being so outspoken, and for the most part, Giuffre not being ridiculed or abused for her story, it wouldn’t be surprising if other victims came forward thanks to Maxwell’s arrest. Plus, with Ghislaine Maxwell standing trial, these victims couldn’t pick a better time to have their name in the news as the women who helped send Maxwell to prison by working with the prosecution.
What matters most though is giving these alleged victims room to heal, and come forward in their own time. Maxwell’s legal team is intentionally trying to hinder the prosecution by forcing victims to come forward before they’re ready, but it’s clear that they’re not going to win that battle.