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BBC censors rape victim's testimony to avoid 'misgendering' accused rapist

In an article, the BBC saw fit to change the woman's words so that instead of referring to "him" she now referred to her rapist as "they."

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The BBC has prioritized an accused rapist's pronoun preference over a victim's testimony, and the truth. A woman who was allegedly attacked and raped by a biological male who identifies as transgender referred to the individual as him, undoubtedly because that individual allegedly raped her with a body part that only belongs to males.

Moreover, the account of the rape was anonymous, so the BBC prioritized the assumed preferred pronouns of an anonymous accused rapist over the words of an anonymous woman speaking about being raped after being coerced by a biological male to believe that male was a lesbian.

In an article, the BBC saw fit to change the woman's words so that instead of referring to "him" she now referred to her rapist as "they." The BBC did this to protect the preferred pronouns of the alleged attacker, and to deprive the accuser's right to telling the actual truth about what happened to her.

While the change of language, altering what the woman said and replacing it with an editor's preference to uphold an alleged rapist's preferred pronouns, was contentious within the editorial room, the transgender identified biological male's preference won out over the woman "they" allegedly attacked.

The quote that was changed was from an anonymous lesbian, who wrote: "I was too young to argue and had been brainwashed by queer theory so he was a 'woman' even if every fibre of my being was screaming throughout, so I agreed to go home with him. He used physical force when I changed my mind upon seeing his penis and raped me."

"Some journalists argued that the quote should remain intact, while others said it should reflect the trans woman’s preferred she/her pronouns," The Times reports.

Instead they went with "they," thereby changing the words of a woman who said she had been brainwashed into queer theory and come out the other side to sound like she was still, in relaying this story, brainwashed into queer theory.

A source told The Times that "They were originally all male references but the woke bros at the news website wanted to make them female because of misgendering. It's quite shocking. I can't think of any other situation where we would change the words of an alleged rape victim."

This controversy raises concerns that the BBC is succumbing to identity politics and diversity rhetoric over truth and journalistic integrity. How can a news outlet cover a rape case honestly and accurately if they refuse to report what the victim said about her attacker?

As if that wasn't insulting enough, the changes were made in an article about trans identified biological males believing that lesbians are transphobic if the women don't sleep with the biological males. These biological males who identify as transgender believe that there is no difference between themselves and lesbians, despite lesbians have entirely different genital composition than the trans identified biological males.

When commenting on the matter, the BBC said "It's routine to have editorial discussions about different stories. Our only intention when deciding on language is to make things as clear as possible for audiences."

The BBC has a rule in their style guide, which was drawn up with input from the diversity team, to use preferred pronouns, but they also have a responsibility to accuracy and impartiality. In this case, they went with bias over truth.

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