Each Woman’s Homes? Whoops!

Today's Grammar Glitch involves a criminal I would have to nominate for the "lowest of the low" award. A counselor on the approved list of providers for the Department of Human Resources in Alabama has been charged with using his position to force women to have sex with him. When DHR referred a woman to him for counseling, he would go to the woman's home and tell her that if she did what he asked, he would give DHR a good report and help her keep her children. He actually threatened these women with losing their children if they didn't comply.

Shame on him, double shame! I commend the young woman in her mid-20s who had the courage to set up spy cameras in her house and reported him to the police.

Now back to Grammar Glitches.  The sentence in this news article that bothered me was this one:

The prosecutor, Laura Poston, said (      ) used his position to coerce the women into having sex with him during sessions he held at each woman's homes.

 The word EACH is treated as singular.  Notice that it is used with WOMAN, not WOMEN.  Therefore, HOMES should be HOME to be consistent with the singular pattern.  The sentence should read this way:

The prosecutor, Laura Poston, said ( ) used his position to coerce the women into having sex with him during sessions he held at each woman's home.

Speaking of sentences, the judge who heard this case was frustrated by the fact that he had to reduce the charges because state law required proving "forcible" compulsion, and it was not possible to define the threat of losing one's children as "forcible" compulsion against a woman. Personally, most women I know would probably consider that "forcible" compulsion.


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