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Free Content An analysis of a high-profile rape trial: the case of UK footballer Ched Evans

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This article uses a month's worth of media coverage around the retrial for rape of Ched Evans, a Welsh footballer. Using guidelines published by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) for reporting on violence against women, 204 articles were analysed, and coverage was found, overall, to be victim blaming in its approach, and damaging in its representation of sexual violence. While previous research has highlighted this (see, for example, Soothill and Walby, 1991), this article contributes to the existing literature and knowledge in this area by examining the coverage of a high-profile case, theorised to have more of an impact and pervasiveness in the lives of women who have experienced sexual violence, and by using specific guidelines available to journalists for reporting on violence against women.

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Keywords: MEDIA; NEWS MEDIA; RAPE; SEXUAL VIOLENCE; VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: February 2019

This article was made available online on January 29, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "An analysis of a high-profile rape trial: the case of UK footballer Ched Evans".

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  • The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (JGBV), is the first international journal based in Europe to show case the work of scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and from a range of methodologies.

    The journal acknowledges both the breadth of gender-based violence (GBV) and its links to gendered inequalities. It aims to continue to document the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of GBV, to publish work regarding those who perpetrate GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained. The journal recognises the intersection of gender with other identities and power relations, such as ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, faith, disability and economic status.

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    The editors invite interest from scholars working across the social sciences and related fields including social policy, sociology, politics, criminology, law, social psychology, development and economics, as well as disciplines allied to medicine, health and wellbeing.

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