Soon, Rape Won’t Exist at All—Not the Act, Mind You; Just the Word

Part Seven in an Ongoing Series: Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four. Part Five. Part Six.

Reuters does a 240-word story (including headline) on Moroccan UN peacekeepers in the Ivory Coast being suspended “amid sex abuse charges,” including “having sex with a large number of underage girls,” which is at best statutory rape. Guess what word never appears once?

Shocking, I know.

Soldiers who are found guilty of “having sex with” underage girls and/or “sexual exploitation” will be “sent back home” as punishment. Where, presumably, they will be free to “have sex with” and “sexually exploit” other women.

The conflict in Cote d’Ivoire saw rape widely used as a weapon by both sides.

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One response to “Soon, Rape Won’t Exist at All—Not the Act, Mind You; Just the Word

  1. Fritz

    Media reference needed

    I’ve been searching through the web sites of various rape vitims advocacy organizations and I have not been able to find a media reference.

    GLAAD has a very good one:

    http://www.glaad.org/media/guide/index.php

    I think you would be the perfect person to write a concise media reference and distribute it to the organizations and the editors at news organizations. You’ve been doing the appropriate research for quite some time.

    Your guidelines could end up in the AP guide.

    Just a thought.

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