Sound and Fury: Newspaper Coverage of the Marital Rape Debate in New Providence

Lisa Benjamin, Cathleen LeGrand


We examined the coverage appearing in two Bahamian newspapers of the public debate regarding a proposed bill in 2009 to criminalize marital rape in The Bahamas. We examined the arguments that appeared in newspaper coverage to analyze the ways the newspaper media framed the debate and found that coverage of the debate was mixed but relied heavily on opinions and stereotypical beliefs rather than on facts.


Marital rape; Public perception: Newspapers

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