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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

Article Information

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/

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Keywords: tryst, sexual violence, sexual assault, language, media, #UseTheRightWords, femifesto, Hollaback! Ottawa, Hollaback!, Globe and Mail, Zosia Bielski