You know what I’m really tired of? Seeing crimes such as sexual assault equated with sex. Witness one recent example I came across among CBC’s hockey news. The title of the article is:

Former hockey agent Frost loses bid to have sex charges dismissed

Well I have news for CBC. Frost is not facing “sex charges”. The second paragraph indicates what he’s actually being charged with:

Frost faces six charges of sexual exploitation involving four teenagers dating from his days as a hockey coach in neighbouring Deseronto, in the early 1990s.

Indeed, read on and discover additional details:

He was charged with 12 counts of sexual exploitation and one count of assault of four males and three females. Police said they were between the ages of 14 and 16 at the time of the alleged assaults, which reportedly took place between 1995 and 2001 in the Deseronto and Napanee area of eastern Ontario.

In March 2007, the Crown dropped six sex exploitation charges and one assault charge against Frost, citing insufficient evidence.

Adults assaulting and exploiting teenagers is not “sex”. “Sex” is consensual. Welcome to the linguistic tools by which rape culture perpetuates itself. Sigh.

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