Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rape is Rape, Even if She's Older

Do you consider this agism? Highlighting a rape victim's age in a headline  because she was 73? Would that have happened if she was 49?  20?

In a letter to the editor, a writer asks the New York Times why it didn't call the victim  the "Central Park Birder" -- much as the rape victim of decades ago was called the "Central Park Jogger."

Here's the letter:

And here's the original story:

And since you're now into it... here's a follow-up story.

(Both were written by former Inquirer and later Philadelphia Daily News writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Ruderman.)

Was age played up too much? At what age is rape shocking?

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