The Globe and Mail The problem with using the word 'tryst' to describe the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old
Media Date: 05/01/2016
Type of Media: newspaper
Name of Media: Globe and Mail
Interviewer: Zosia Bielski
Interviewee: Julie S. Lalonde Role: Hollaback! Ottawa Director
|Background||Ottawa Sun journalist Tony Spears Tweeted that the sexual interference charge of an adult man was actually a "tryst" between himself and a then-13 year old student of his.|
|Reason||Zosia and the Globe and Mail wanted to explore the use of language to describe sexual violence and how word choice influences our perspective on the issue.|
|Comment||I always love when a journalist/news outlet takes an incident and looks at the macro implications.
It's not just about one Tweet; it's about a systemic problem with media coverage of sexual assault.
|Outcome||Great to see conversation moving beyond simply one Tweet or one journalist's gross reporting.|
|Link to Article||http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/relationships/the-problem-with-using-the-word-tryst-to-describe-the-sexual-abuse-of-a-13-year-old/article28027483/|
Keywords: tryst, sexual violence, sexual assault, language, media, #UseTheRightWords, femifesto, Hollaback! Ottawa, Hollaback!, Globe and Mail, Zosia Bielski