Yesterday, I was horrified when the Radio Kenai announcer Catie Quinn stated that Jeremy T. Anderson was appearing in court “for having an affair” with a fifteen year old student.
An affair is defined by Merriam-Webster as ” a romantic or passionate attachment typically of limited duration” with synonyms of “amour, fling, love, love affair, and romance”.
The definition of rape is “Unlawful sexual activity and usually sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will, usually of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent” with synonyms being “assault, force, outrage, ravish, and violate”
When I looked at their site today, I couldn’t find the exact clip that I heard yesterday, however even in Radio Kenai’s written articles, such as Anderson Trial Set For January by Ashley Smith , she repeatedly refers to the rape of a child as an “affair” and a “relationship”. For example they state, “The affair allegedly began in December of 2013 and continued through early May.” Yes, the fifteen year old reported to another teacher that she had been having an “affair” but a fifteen year old does not have the ability to consent to sex, especially sex with a teacher and, most likely, the teacher had been using the language of an “affair” when he groomed her. That’s what sex offenders do. They minimize and place blame on their victims.
A teacher sexually assaulting an underage student is not an “affair” or a “relationship”. It is rape. For the press to describe it as an affair/relationship is irresponsible as implies consent on the child’s part which she cannot give both as she is underage and the teacher is in a position of authority over her and it minimizes the crime of sexual assault committed by the teacher.
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