A few words about Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

This is going to be a brief statement to clear up one or two points.

I am aware that people have read my previous post as implying that Rochita Loenen-Ruiz gave me the identity of Requires Hate, and it seems that as a consequence Rochita has been blamed by her community for outing another writer. Rochita has done nothing of the kind. At no time did Rochita Loenen-Ruiz reveal to me the identity of Requires Hate. I am capable of drawing my own conclusions from available information, and I had more information at my disposal than the average person.

If my previous blog post in any way implied that Rochita had come to me with the intent of revealing secrets or outing anyone, then I apologize unreservedly to her because it was never my intention to suggest that. I’m really, really sorry for my part in any misunderstanding.

At the time I wrote that post, I had reason to believe that misinformation about me was circulating, but because I didn’t know exactly where or how it had circulated my only option seemed to be to make a blanket statement on my own behalf.

At the same time, I was also very concerned about the people around me who were at risk, particularly my friend Rochita. I have tried to do what little I could to protect the people close to me who I felt were most vulnerable. Rochita is one of those people and it is the height of irony and a matter of deep sorrow to me that she has become the target of backlash based on my actions.

Perhaps it was a clumsy post. It was the best I could do.

I will not be discussing the matter on twitter or in any public forum. My e-mail is available on my website if anyone has reason to speak with me personally.

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