It is time to reclaim the word target, writes Danielle Campoamor.
We sat for a home stool, shivering, while a tired, nearly frustrated police haphazardly squeezed along side it switch of his handheld radio perched atop their neck. “The victim is really a female that is 25-year-old brown hair, brown eyes, more or less 5’6’’, 120 pounds. Somewhat intoxicated, complaining of upper body, wrist, and thigh pain that is inner. Feasible intimate assault. ” The phrase “victim” had been suspended within the room between us, hefty and dense and threatening to suffocate me personally when I stumbled on terms in what had happened simply thirty minutes prior, in a room straight above where we sat: I became raped. I became talking with an officer about my already-forming bruises. I happened to be being expected about the clothing I happened to be putting on and also the liquor I happened to be consuming and my intimate history. I became being addressed like a target.
It’s been six years since I have had been labeled a target the very first time, but as being a intimate attack “survivor” and advocate, it is a word I’ve heard countless times since. Whenever I bring awareness of a backlog of rape kits, I’m a “professional target. ” Once I share my tale online, I’m a victim that is self-pitying. Once I help other storytellers and advocates and desire elected officials to pass through necessary legislation just like the Survivors’ Access To Supportive Care Act, I’m a snowflake accused of perpetuating a culture” that is“victim.
“we now have bastardized the phrase to the stage so it’s utilized to decrease, discredit, and disparage whoever has endured the worst of mankind”
Historically, the term “victim” and “victor” have the root that is same; the prefix, vict, is Latin and means “to conquer. ” Yet a rape culture that perpetuates victim-blaming has made the word a lot more of an insult than an identifier that is accurate indicates one individual has endured an injury as a result of another individual (or individuals). Read More