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Project Censored #22: Corporate News Media Understate Rape, Sexual Violence

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Corporate Controlled Media, Media & Arts with 0 Comments

By James F. Tracy (Faculty Evaluator-Florida Atlantic University) & Elliot D. Cohen (Faculty Evaluator-Indian River State College); and Cealia Brannan (Student Researcher-Florida Atlantic University), & Laura A. Parada & Christina Sabia (Student Researchers-Indian River State College) | Project Censored

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Editor's Note: Here is another in the series of Project Censored stories, part of a publication issued every year, called The 25 Most Censored Stories of 20… Most likely, these are news stories that have missed your radar, but which you are likely to find informative and enlightening, if not mind-expanding. These stories are from the latest release. The following article is about a very important issue of truthfulness in reporting and how corporate media can shade meaning in a way that is disrespectful and damaging to those individuals who have already suffered enough.

Media analysts observe how journalists refrain from using the word “rape” to describe incidents of sexual assault. Instead, news outlets downplay the humiliation and cruelty entailed in these acts by referring to them as “sex crimes,” “inappropriate sexual activity,” or “forced sex,” even though such acts are legally recognized as “rape.”


“‘Rape,’ along with the images it conjures, is an ugly, nasty word,” artist and writer Wasi Daniju observed. “Uglier and nastier still, though, is the experience of each and every person that experiences it. Their experience warrants, at the very least, the respect and truth of being accurately labeled and recognized.”

A report released by Legal Momentum, a New York City–based feminist advocacy law group, titled Raped or “Seduced”? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence, addressed what it terms the “linguistic avoidance” of such concerns. For example, when the media uses the language of consensual sex—terms like “recruited” rather than “kidnapped” or “took by force,” and phrases like “performed oral sex” or “engaged in sexual activity” instead of writing that “he forcefully penetrated her vagina with his penis”they do more than use euphemisms to distort reality; they essentially mislead, misdirect, and diminish the violation. Such accounts also suggest that both parties were willing participants.

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