Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Still Trying to Find the "Mysteriously Missing Word, Rape"

Yesterday (Tuesday March 3), Chester Arthur Stiles was convicted of sexually assaulting a two-year-old and a six-year-old.

He videotaped his sexual assault of the two-year-old.

But when I opened up my AOL home page, here is how the case was described:

That link takes you to the article linked in the first line, which has the cleaned-up title "Man Convicted in Toddler Video Case," though the URL still contains "man-convicted-in-toddler-sex-video."

Over at Shakesville, Liss has written a lot about the media's refusal to call rape what it is (two* examples). I don't have much to add, but I was particularly struck (and angered) by this.

(crossposted at Shakesville)
* My title references this post


k8 said...

That is just obscene.

Renee said...

We describe rape as sex to privilege the rapist. It is a violent act of violation and other word is a disservice to the victims. This case in particular is traumatic and heart breaking.

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