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This past week had the perfect conditions to produce snowflakes. The chills running down various spines as women talked about holding men to account. The freezing out of Dr Seuss books. The cloudy story of the cancellation (or not) of Mr Potato Head.

So snowflakes were well primed to crystallise around the issue of using the word “paedophile”.

A story in The Weekend Australian revealed an internal ABC email about usage of the term. A reporter for the national broadcaster who spoke to the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS) told colleagues that the SASS had concerns about describing alleged child sex abuser James Geoffrey Griffin as a paedophile.