FixedIt: A woman is not an alley

The Ararat Advertiser reported that two men, Ryan David George and Jack Scott Turner Winship, were today convicted of raping a young woman in 2011.

Ryan George and Jack Winship did not rape an alley. They raped a woman. A person. She cannot be identified but that does not mean she has to be dehumanised.

The rape was brutal and it’s taken seven years for these two men (both of whom pleaded not guilty) to be convicted of this crime. The woman they raped has had to endure years of waiting and all the trauma of a rape trial in addition to the rape itself. She deserves better than headlines like this where her existence is removed and replaced by the location of her rape, as if the place matters more than the woman.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the media’s constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it – even $5 a month makes a big difference – please consider becoming a Patron


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