FixedIt: you can’t hide an alleged serial rapist behind “sex offences”

April 23, 2022by Jane Gilmore

The Advertiser reported that a man was arrested and charged with “sexual intercourse without consent” (ie: rape) and released on bail. A week later he was arrested again and charged with aggravated indecent assault and rape of four more women. The report says investigations are ongoing and “police fear there may be further victims”.

*The charges have not yet been tried in court. The accused is entitled to the presumption of innocence and anyone commenting should be aware that comments making assumptions about his guilt – which has not been proven – are sub judice contempt and could put his trial at risk.*

These charges are not “sex” offences. They are rape offences. Rape and sex are not the same thing. They are not interchangeable words. Being able to differentiate between them is at the very core of understanding consent.

Journalists should know better. And do better.

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