In case there were lingering doubt in anyone’s mind about the deliberate downplaying of sexual assault that occurs in media reports that commonly use phrases like “began having a sexual relationship with the nine-year-old”, and in case anyone still thinks the “not legally proven to be rape” argument holds water:
A woman was abducted from a New Plymouth street and raped in broad daylight yesterday as horrified members of the public looked on.*
The 48-year-old was walking along Breakwater Rd … when she was grabbed by a man who forced her on to a nearby grass area where he sexually violated her in full view of the busy road.
…[Police] were able to arrest the alleged offender, a 29-year-old Taranaki man, soon after.
Look at that! Accurate use of the word “rape” while maintaining legally-mandated presumption of innocence! Who’d’a thunk it?