I realize that the MSM (thinking here of CBC, G&M and other print media) are going to continue to provide extensive coverage to the freak show of the Steinke trial -- but do they really have to continue to refer to the minor co-accused as the defendant's "girlfriend"? (see example linked below)
It has been bothering me since the trial began... are they not normalizing the "relationship" between an adult male in his 20s and (at the time) a 12-year old child by referring to her as his "girlfriend".
I do not know what term should be employed, but I am finding the coverage really disturbing. I have also noticed that the comments sections in the media covering the trial are always closed... I wish they weren't, I would like to pose the question each time I see the the term being used.