Former Alaska professor wants accusers to use real names

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A retired University of Alaska Anchorage anthropology professor accused of decades of sexual misconduct is contesting the use of pseudonyms by multiple women who are suing him.

Plaintiffs say David Yesner's move is no more than an intimidation and delay tactic.

Yesner is named in the federal lawsuit along with the University of Alaska System and the University of Alaska Board of Regents. He is the latest to protest the use of such pseudonyms.

Dartmouth College contested the use by some plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by former psychology department professors. The case reached an out-of-court settlement before the pseudonym issue was resolved.

Victims' rights advocates say the use of pseudonyms in such cases has been a strategy at least two decades, long before the #MeToo era.

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