Everyday Victim Blaming

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Our activism gets noticed and changes a headline!

Quite often, we tweet news organisations and journalists to complain about headlines used - our main issues are with terms such as 'sex crime' when what they actually mean is rape or sexual assault. Yesterday, we had a great result from a Guardian journalist.

We tweeted @Claire_Phipps in response to a Guardian article about the trial of William Roache:

  1. Claire Phipps@Claire_Phipps 14 Jan

    Trial of Coronation Street star William Roache starts today; he's accused of rape and indecent assault http://gu.com/p/3yzn5/tw

  2. @Claire_Phipps Shame the headline says 'sex charges' when what they mean is rape & indecent assault. Irritating mistake by headline writers

  3. @EVB_Now you are right and we're getting that changed. Thank you

  4. @Claire_Phipps Claire that *never* happens! We usually get the brush off, told it's character limited, given excuses. Thank you so much!

  5. @EVB_Now it's changed now. The words we use for these cases are important. And do keep pointing it out!

The headline was changed to more accurately reflect the case in question AND to ensure no conflation between consensual sex and rape!

Later during the day, we spotted another headline (with the help of our twitter followers, thank you!) and we this was noticed by Claire Phipps again:

  1. “sex claims” ?! RT @guardian: Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex claims http://gu.com/p/3ypfy/tw

  2. Come on Guardian! RT @CathElliott: “sex claims”?! RT @guardian: Freddie Starr arrested for third time over sex claims http://gu.com/p/3ypfy/tw 

  3. @EVB_Now @CathElliott @guardian that's fixed now, thank you for flagging it

This is the first time that we have been acknowledged - we have noticed the BBC changing headlines after we have complained about them, but without any public acknowledgement. Usually, we are ignored or told that character limits mean headline writers have to use 'sex' when they mean 'rape'.

Thanks to Claire and The Guardian for being responsive, and thanks to our twitter followers for supporting us.

We can't do this without you!


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