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  • We privilege the legal perspective

    • Was there penetration?

    • Is there proof beyond a reasonable doubt?

    • Is the perpetrator guilty (or innocent)?

    • Was there consent?

  • We privilege the medical perspective

    • Were there visible bruises?

    • Was semen present?

    • Are the posttrauma symptoms typical or “normal?”

  • We privilege the media perspective

    • Stories are “spun” to resonate with the public so that advertising revenue can be earned & ratings driven up

    • The heterosexual white, middleclass male perspective/experience “sells” – whose “story” is missing or not told?

    • Exacerbated in this age of technology

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