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victim

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use the word victim to describe a person. Instead, use specific context and descriptions to refer to actions or situations.

Rationale:

This word is a general label that lacks precision and forces readers to make assumptions. Use of specific descriptions prioritizes source dignity.

Vodou

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Use this name, capitalized, to describe this specific religion. Do not use this name as a general reference to witchcraft or other practices. Do not assume that people whose practices have similarities to Vodou necessarily adhere to this religion.

In stories written in or translated into French, use voudou and do not capitalize.

Rationale:

Vodou is a religion with specific practices. It should be referred to precisely and with the same deference used when referring to other religions.