I decided this goes here with Discrimination rather than in Politics. This isn't an attempt to undermine the crime, just to point out that the new use of terminology is inappropriate and misleading. Does no one else find this HUGELY insulting and think it's a MAJOR step in the wrong direction? "Survivor" implies that they nearly died, and attaches a permanent stigma that isn't attached to people who DID nearly die, and ENTIRELY misses the point. I know rape victims and victims of sexual child abuse, and I know they're less likely to tell people what happened partly BECAUSE of this idea that THEY NEVER GET BETTER. Fortunately for them this is nonsense; no matter how horrible the assault was people have an amazing ability to get over things and NO ONE deserves to be treated like they're permanently scarred. No wonder rape's so underreported; people who survived disasters get better, people who've gone through the trauma of seeing death get better, people who got brutally attacked and nearly died get better, but RAPE victims are permanently damaged? Also, when it comes to the criminal justice system this terminology is hugely misleading: Rape doesn't need to be attempted murder Rape doesn't need to be physically violent Rape doesn't even need physical force Rape victims are NOT all crying young girls scared of men/sex (a major problem because this appears to be what people, police included, expect) Rape victims have every right to press charges without having to prove they've been traumatised; TRAUMA isn't NECESSARY People experience rape in a variety of different ways and on a variety of levels; murder victims pretty much have only one response Generally, I think "survivor" just implies that the person couldn't handle sex, because otherwise she or he would have consented. With these views still lingering is it any surprise that prostitutes, girlfriends and wives have such problems getting the police to take them seriously? The point about rape is that whoever the victim wanted sex with, it wasn't with that person at that point. Some rapes are very brutal but they are in the minority, and rapists who use drugs, threats or emotions to force someone into sex are still rapists, even if they don't leave a mark.