Putting the Term "Rape" on Trial
Words are powerful. In court, they can make or break a case. But just how far should the judicial system go to control them? That's the question central to one case in Lincoln, Nebraska, where a sexual assault trial has morphed into a federal case over the First Amendment rights of witnesses and, more broadly, the language surrounding rape...Via Amy Aklon
Judge Jeffre Cheuvront banned the words rape, victim and assailant from the trial — including from (the alleged victim's) testimony — arguing that such words would be "unfairly inflammatory, prejudicial, and misleading." The ban was later expanded to include the terms "sexual assault kit" and "sexual assault nurse.