Legal Momentum Releases New Curriculum on Language and Sexual Violence

Raped or "Seduced"? How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence

[ This post has been adapted from Legal Momentum’s press release on the curriculum. ]

The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP), Legal Momentum’s award-winning judicial education project, has developed a new model curriculum for judges, advocates, media, and anyone interested in changing the way they speak and write about sexual violence.  

Raped or “Seduced”?  How Language Helps Shape Our Response to Sexual Violence will help you and your colleagues write and speak about sexual violence accurately without euphemizing the violence or misleading your audience. Unintentionally, we often write about sexual violence in ways that allow perpetrators to remain invisible, obscure the harm to which victims have been subjected, and sanitize the violence perpetrated. In police reports and court documents, we read about rapists who “have sex with” their victims or “foster sexual relationships” with children.

This FREE curriculum is available at It includes a model PowerPoint presentation with Suggested Commentary which can be adapted to the needs of your audience, and a Faculty Manual with exercises and handouts so participants can begin to develop their skills in accurate and accountable communication about sexual assault.

Although you do not need NJEP’s permission to use the curriculum, you may share the presentation of your curriculum via email at, via Twitter (@LegalMomentum), or via Facebook (

[ Founded in 1970, Legal Momentum is the nation's oldest legal advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. ]

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