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The everyday nature of rape is not reported. Instead, media report sensationalized narratives which turn rape into an eroticized freak show of sorts.

Col. Russell Williams photographed his victims; why are news organizations publishing any of these photos? For whom are they publishing these images?

From Red Light Politics.

What would happen if newspapers published a daily list of rapes and sexual assaults reported the day before? Just one or two lines containing the city and a very brief description of the circumstances, followed by the next victim and the next one and the next one. I contend that such reporting would be much more powerful than the current “rape as sanctioned erotica”, if only because it would be impossible to ignore the numbers.

Part of the reason I have followed the Russell case is because I have been interested in the emerging narrative about how the police responded to the pattern of thefts and assaults. Police failed to understand that lesser crimes, such as theft of underwear and personal items, are the acts of a sexual deviant working up to more serious crimes. Stealing panties isn’t considered serious, regardless of how unsafe victims of the theft feel afterwards.

An excellent column on the subject by Rosie Dimanno on the subject via Broadsides.

It might come as a surprise to many that, despite the high profile fallout of The Balcony Rapist case, there is no protocol in place yet throughout Canada compelling police to warn the public about sexual predators on the loose, even when a pattern has been established.


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