Saturday, December 3, 2011

The "R" Word

I found it striking that the word rape found its way into today's article on Mr. Sandusky ("Indicted Paterno Aide Speaks of Only Helping Children"). Much discussion has recently taken place in your paper on how properly to characterize the allegations ("Confusing Sex and Rape", the Public Editor on November 20, 2011 and  the response of readers " The Language of Sexual Assault" on November 27,2011). Was it a deliberate reaction that we now are advised that "the assistant football coach told investigators he saw Sandusky raping a young boy"? Should we expect the "R" word to appear in the ongoing conversation regarding Mr. Sandusky?

I believe the description of the allegations to be wholly appropriate. I look forward to your explanation. There are many like me who are interested not only in what you say but how and why you say it.

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