I received an interesting email from a reader about a story that appeared on Page A1 of Sundays print edition, about the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Center on the Fort Riley base near Junction City.
The program sounds like an admirable improvement for victims of sexual assault, but I was dismayed to read it described as a one stop shop of services with a grand opening, as if it were a trip to the mall! This struck me as a trite, insensitive description. Describing it as a consolidation of services to reduce further traumatizing of sexual assault victims on its first day of operation would convey a proper respect for such a serious, sensitive topic. I understand that the writer wanted the article to be accessible to the average reader, but a level of respect should have been utilized as well.
Here, the reader smartly observes that the writing style is intended to make the subject matter accessible. But I can absolutely understand her feeling that it subjectively just doesnt feel right in her opinion.
By Derek Donovan. yesterday