Fixed It: Rape. That’s what it’s called. It’s RAPE

October 1, 2020by Jane Gilmore

I posted recently about the difficulty of calling a rapist a rapist when the word rape is erased from the legislation about rape. 

But when the word is still included in the Crimes Act and a man is charged with rape, why, why, WHY would you erase the word, the charge and the man from the headline

Rape is a shocking, confronting, ugly word. It should be. It’s the word for a shocking crime. Erasing the word does not change the vileness of the act or the trauma for the victim, so what purpose was served by this change?

Why is it so easy to call “rape” a “sexual assault” and so difficult to go the other way?

This is how men’s violence against women is sanitised, minimised and erased from public view. 

A man was charged with raping and assaulting one woman, and assaulting another. It’s not difficult to put that in a headline. So why wouldn’t you do it?

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