In Salem, MA, the Women's Resource Center has refused to release the counseling records of an alleged rape victim despite a Judge's order to release them. The alleged victim is a sixteen year old girl. The accused is Manuel Valverde, and investigators for his defense team interviewed the victim's grandmother and learned of the counselling at the rape crisis center. The judge in the case, Superior Judge Peter Agnes, ordered the Women's Resource Center to <a href="http://www.boston.com/dailynews/364/region/Rape_crisis_center_refuses_ord:.shtml">turn over the records.</a> The attorney for the Center claims that the records are private and should remain private. Last week, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that victims cannot assume their records are private and must actively assert their right to keep their medical and psychiatric reports secret. The SJC majority found that a New Bedford judge had erred by refusing to give the defense the medical records of two girls who were allegedly sexually abused by their mother's boyfriend since neither the mother or the girls had asked to keep the records private. Why would a woman seek counselling after a rape, IF her records were not kept private? And what is the rationale for the SJC's ruling that the victim must request the records be kept private? How is Justice being served here?