“I am really concerned that [the offender] and people around him could tell him,” she told the online news outlets. “There is a duty of care if you’re using people’s stories.”
An ABC spokesman said it was always the broadcaster’s intention to blur the women’s names and details prior to broadcasting the series on ABC TV and iView later this month.
“The ABC sincerely apologises for any harm or upset this has caused them or their families,” he said. “We removed the program from our media portal as soon as we became aware of the error. The welfare of those who have suffered sexual abuse or harassment is of utmost importance to the ABC and we wish to assure them that Silent No More will treat these issues with respect and care while shining a light on the need for positive change in this area.”
Spicer said she was “utterly gutted about what has occurred”.
“As a participant in this documentary, I was assured survivors’ identities would be fully protected,” she said. “I apologise deeply and unreservedly to those whose names were visible in that initial version of the program. I’m relieved that the ABC has swiftly moved to take it down and that no one is identified in the broadcast version.”
The documentary’s production company, Southern Pictures, has also apologised to the women in question.
“We wish to assure everyone that the final version of the program will not identify anyone without their explicit consent which was always our intention,” a spokesperson said. “Our first priority is our duty of care to those impacted by sexual harassment and #MeToo, along with supporting the work that is being done to address the issue of sexual harassment.”
Silent No More, which is a three-part series, will air on the ABC from Monday, November 25 at 8.30pm.