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The relationship between journalistic coverage and rape myth acceptance (RMA); assessing the Ched Evans case

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2017

With legal and ethical questions to consider, covering rape in the media can be a challenging and complicated task. As previous academic research has found, the victim rather than the alleged perpetrator can often become the focus of media attention and blame; his or her actions, clothing, behaviour and other factors are considered to have led to the reported incident rather than those of the accused. The purpose of this study is to critically analyse how two UK, national, tabloid newspapers used language in the reporting of one high-profile rape case, and how far, if at all, the journalistic coverage of this case endorsed the concept of rape myth acceptance (RMA).

Keywords: rape, rape myths, rape myth acceptance, rape culture, Ched Evans.

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