Ever noticed that the word rape is never used in crime reports in the newspaper? It’s always something like “The victim was abducted behind the hedge and **sexually assaulted. ** The suspect is described as a so-and-so, wearing a such-and-such…”
By this choice of phrase, you can’t tell if it was successful rape or only attempted rape. Or what. There could be any number of different acts all under the general rubric of “sexual assault.” Why do they leave it ambiguous? News is worded so uniformly this way, it’s evident that journalists must have some rule governing their choice of words. Just wondering why they decided to use a circumlocution instead of stating what really happened.