Public figures ought to particularly rigorously think about the phrases they use of their speeches and statements, however each few weeks we’re served a reminder that this isn’t the case.
A clip of President Arif Alvi in dialog with journalist Hamid Mir began doing the rounds on social media final night time wherein the president will be seen utilizing a rape analogy to explain corruption.
Close to a current inquiry report on impartial energy producers (IPPs), President Alvi stated that if the findings are to be believed, the nation has been subjected to rape: “My actual phrases have been, forgive me for what I’m about to say however what I stated to PM Imran Khan was that the nation has not solely been raped however gang-raped by mafias.”
The insensitive use of language didn’t go down properly on Twitter, and for good motive.
It is 2020 and we nonetheless want to clarify why it isn’t okay to equate the trauma of rape survivors to issues like a troublesome examination or the state of the economic system however right here we’re.
Why could not Dr. Alvi make his level with out utilizing the time period rape? Rape is a robust phrase, it’s meant to elicit shock (particularly in a society like ours that’s vulnerable to victim-blame) and everyone seems to be conscious of its devastating impression. Paradoxically sufficient, it is why some individuals proceed to make use of it casually, not realising simply how deeply distressing such language is for some.
While you strive to attract such parallels, you might be undermining and trivialising the struggling of actual victims. Here is a tip: if you end up questioning whether or not the comparability you’re about to make with rape is suitable, it most positively isn’t. As a result of finally, nobody understands what it’s prefer to expertise sexual assault aside from a survivor.