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An Open Letter To Media When Covering Jeffrey Epstein's--And Others'-- Crimes

Children cannot consent to sex. Call the crimes committed against them correctly as "rape."
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It is the very essence of rape culture that journalists and mainstream outlets seem overly occupied with softening the crimes of rapists. It seeps into all of our consciousnesses, to the point where even judges, when handing down sentences, seem more concerned about .

And now with the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, and the dogged reporting of the Miami Herald of his rapes and sex trafficking of girls, the media finds itself in a place where they need to talk about these crimes again, and they're being as gentle as disgraced Labor Secretary Alex Acosta in the way they cover them.

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And make no mistake, Epstein is not the only predator who gets this treatment.

HE DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH A 12 YEAR OLD. HE RAPED A CHILD. ENOUGH! CORRECT THIS MESS!!!!!

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps)

There should be no interest in minimizing these crimes for the benefit of the accused. We need to know the full horror of what's happened to these victims.

To journalists and writers alike regarding the Jeffrey Epstein case, please watch out for words and language used... this is important and important that it is reported on correctly 👇👇

— 𝓛𝔂𝓷𝓭𝓼𝓮𝔂𝓚𝓷𝓸𝔁 #stopbrexit 🔶🔶🔶 (@LyndseyaKnox)

Stop calling the children molested by Jeffrey Epstein "young women".

A minor is a CHILD, a 14 year-old or a 15 year-old is a CHILD.

Call Esptein what he is — a child rapist.

Sex before the age of consent is statutory rape, a child can NOT give consent.

— Congressmember Bass (@RepKarenBass)

If we had done this to Jeffrey Epstein , that may not have been even possible. And now that this investigation has spread to see how Epstein's crimes infiltrated the , and now, even , it is ever more critical that we stay very precise and specific about the violations and crimes that Epstein has allegedly committed and not "nice it up" to minimize the horror of what happened.


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