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.@BBCNews still conflating sex with rape – the David de Gea allegations

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The BBC has form for misleading and minimising headlines. They also very rarely take any notice of formal complaints made by members of the public who work in the field of violence against women and girls.

This is the text of the complaint we submitted to the BBC:

The title of the article is misleading and factually incorrect: "Spain goalkeeper David de Gea denies forced sex party claim". There is no such thing as 'forced sex'. The legal term you are looking for is rape. Equally, women who are forced into prostitution are victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. There is also no such thing as 'underage' women. The term you want is young girls or teenage girls, not "women, some of whom are underage".

It is absolutely reprehensible that your organisation continues to use misleading and minimising language despite the fact that the National Union of Journalists has created clear guidelines on how to report violence against women and girls: https://www.nuj.org.uk/documents/nuj-guidelines-on-violence-against-women/

Please amend this headline. Appropriate training for your staff on reporting violence against women and girls would not go amiss either.

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