Twice this week I read articles on a major news site whose wording rubbed me the wrong way. One discussed the conviction of a 21 year old woman who "forcibly had sex with" an 8 year old boy. The other was a 16 year old girl who was "held down and forced to have sex with" a 19 year old man.
Now is it just me or isn't the word RAPE? Is that word not used anymore? Is it too ugly, too uncomfortable? Too much realism for people as they drink their morning coffee?
The word have sex "WITH" is just plain innacurate in my book. It implies a shared activity. One plays tennis with someone. A consenting adult has sex with another consenting adult. I find this language in this context offensive and minimizing. Maybe I am too sensitive.