The Washington Post

Not the ‘father’


The July 14 news article “Ohio man charged in the rape of 10-year-old who had to travel for abortion” reported that a detective on the case of an impregnate­d 10-year-old reported that a man’s DNA was being tested to confirm that he was the “father” of the aborted fetus. Monica Hesse’s July 15 Style column, “A pregnant 10-year-old entangled in politics,” referred to the man as the “alleged rapist” and “the alleged perpetrato­r of this monstrous crime.”

Words matter. A predator, a rapist, a molester, a ravisher, an invader, an assailant. He is all of those. A father he is not.

Linda M. Moore, Reston

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