There are so many things wrong with the phrase above, and we see it constantly in coverage of sexual assault cases… but only sexual assault cases.

It’s been one of my pet peeves for many years, but it came to mind because of a Boston Globe piece about the Kevin Spacey investigation last month. The Globe was digging into court filings on Spacey’s indecent assault charges, alleging he fondled a then-18-year-old busboy against his will. Their initial headline called him an “alleged victim.”

In the hour it took me to research and write about the phrase, the Globe rewrote the…