Another way in which female victims of sexual violence are sometimes denied their victimisation status is through selective and limited reporting in the news. The way in which adult, female victims of sexual violence are presented within the news is very limiting and selective, with many being completely ignored. Christie (1986) suggests that news media tends to prioritise reports that invo...
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...ual images such as “did not object to him kissing her or to sitting astride him when he was naked,” were used (Verkaik, 2002, n.p). The Sun’s presentation of a gang rape involving the basketball star Derrick Rose used sexual images in the aim of deferring attention away from the alleged perpetrators. “Rose has claimed that the woman accusing him of gang rape not only consented but gamely yanked him over for oral sex, even while in the throws of passion with his pal” (March & Fears 2013, n.p). The presentation of female victims of sexual violence in a sensualised way transfers focus away from the crime and perpetrator instead focusing on the victim and her sexual nature, which is often used to imply her promiscuity, which is extended to suggest that she is partly responsible for her attack.
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