Reporters instructed to stop using the term ‘pedophile’ in reporting about child sex abusers

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In an effort to protect the feelings of pedophiles, journalists in Tasmania have been instructed to “avoid” calling those who abuse children pedophiles, as this is believed to marginalize those who have the condition of pedophilia. This determination was made after a reporter had a conversation with the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) in the region over the weekend, during which these concerns were raised, according to The Australian. The conversation was allegedly regarding a man who was a pedophile, and killed himself while facing charges on multiple counts of child sex abuse and the creation of media showing child sex abuse. James Geoffrey Griffin was a former nurse, and took his life in 2019. In an email sent to ABC journalists, staff were instructed against using the term pedophile even when they are describing a person who preys on children and has sexually assaulted children in a serial manner. Apparently, calling those people pedophiles makes people who are also pedophiles feel that they are being discriminated against.

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