Cliche of the Week 51 – Innocent Victim

June 27, 2011 at 10:33 am Leave a comment

Guilty victims are rare but innocent victims are common especially when on the receiving end of violent attacks.

A man will spend time in jail after he ‘viciously bashed” a man at a train station car park because a woman identified him as a rapist. “But it has been revealed that the target of the attack was an innocent victim in a case of mistaken identity.” (The Queensland Times, June 16)

More innocent victims are found to be associated with sport than street crime.

“Two football fans who walked free from a court after admitting their role in a savage mob attack on an innocent victim were jailed by Court of Appeal judges today.” (The Press Association, June 22)

Baseball: “Whether Romero was an innocent victim or was working the corners of the drug policy, only he knows for sure. He served his suspension and hasn’t tested positive since.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 17)

Soccer: “Turning drug cheat into innocent victim (New Sunday Times, Malaysia, March 20)

Rugby League: “Premier Rugby is re-examining the issue of where coaches should sit during matches but (Richard) Cockerill says he was the innocent victim of inaccurate reporting.” (The Guardian May 24)

Cliche of the Week appears in The Australian newspaper Mondays.


Chris Pash’s book, The Last Whale, a true story set in the 1970s, was published by Fremantle Press in 2008)

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