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#1 JingleJangle

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

An article on ninemsn has as it's title: "Victorian man who 'hugged' woman arrested".  It is not until the second last paragraph that you learn he has been charged with rape.  

Is it fair enough to come up with the catchiest title to get people to read the article, or does this trivialise the womans experience?  What about the placement of the fact he was charged with rape being almost at the end of the article?  Or is it just a case of the alleged rape not being newsworthy, but the fact it started with a hug from a stranger being newsworthy?

I feel like it trivialises the womans experience, although I am not sure I can articulate why.  So, I thought I would risk an EB flaming and ask WDYT?

#2 Coffeegirl

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

This article?  

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2013/0...-woman-arrested

The first line under the header says he was charged with sexual assault.  I don't know about others, but I read 'sexual assault' and my mind converts it to rape.  

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A 76-year-old man has been charged over an alleged sexual assault at a Melbourne shopping centre.



I'm not sure it trivialises the woman's ordeal in anyway.

#3 Mianta

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:30 PM

The heading is obviously created to attract readers, however on reading the actual article, it is made clear that both sides of the story have been stated to the authorities and the man was charged with rape.

It doesn't make any other statements that trivialise the woman's experience at all.

#4 Cat People

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:56 PM

I agree with you OP.

The title is ridiculous.  The man was not arrested for hugging the woman - which is how it sounds - but for RAPE.




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