VIC­TIM AL­READY?

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor: I ob­ject to your pa­per’s re­fer­ring to some­one as “the vic­tim” be­cause that per­son has suc­ceeded in get­ting the po­lice to lay a charge against some­one else.

If “ac­cuser” sounds too “harsh” to ap­ply in cases where sex­ual as­sault is al­leged, it might be “gen­tler” to em­ploy the term “com­plainant” at least un­til some­one es­tab­lishes by due process that some­one has ac­tu­ally vic­tim­ized an­other.

Call­ing ev­ery­one a “vic­tim,” for in­stance, who feels he has some cause to feel ag­grieved, even if his griev­ance is only that he has been jus­ti­fi­ably re­strained, is re­ally ex­tend­ing the le­gal mean­ing of the term.

It hap­pens too of­ten that some are the vic­tims of false ac­cu­sa­tions.

Colin Burke Port au Port

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