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Stop using the term "alleged rape victim"

    1. Bridget Bruels
    2. Petition by

      Bridget Bruels

      Saint Clair, MN

For some reason, the media has decided to call rape victims "alleged" rape victims. CNN is guilty of this, but there are other news sources that use the same terminology. The news outlets would never call a the victim of murder the "alleged murder victim". It is becoming common knowledge that one in four women in the United States will be a victim of sexual violence. 92% to 98% of sexual violence cases reported to police are valid. These statistics should tell us that when a woman says she was raped, odds are that she was. These women and men should be treated with respect and their story needs to be believed. The accused are innocent until proven guilty. The victim's validity should not be "alleged" regardless of the outcome of the trial. 

This petition does not hope to try the defendant in the court of public opinion. They are still entitled to a fair trial. But the victim should not be tried in the court of public opinion either. 

CNN, major news networks
Stop using the term "alleged rape victim"

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    Reasons for signing

    • leda swann ASHBURNHAM, MA
      • 5 months ago

      Language has power. It matters. Innocent until proven guilty is a two-way street. It means that we believe it when the accused avows to be innocent AND it means we believe it when the accuser avows to be a victim of a crime.

      • 9 months ago

      Rape is rape,forced sexual penetration with violent behavior

      toward victim.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      Victims of rape need more respect and help. In the media, rape victims are often embarrassed and ridiculed. This must be stopped!

    • Stefanie Mathews CINCINNATI, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because I am a rape survivor, not an alleged rape survivor.

    • Kathy Palof KOHLER, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      Candy over-corrects again, trying to win the hearts of the GOP. I'd love to see CNN shut down!


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