But over time the public has gotten somewhat more acclimated to parsing “sexual abuse” along the lines of severity and the actual type of action involved. And this is precisely what advocates don’t want; they are always going for the quick-burning code-word that will simply bypass the mind and go straight for the primal emotions; they prefer the limbic system to the prefrontal cortex any day of the week.
The neat effect of “sexual violence” is that it lumps any and all actions along the sex spectrum into one lurid code word again. It’s a useful gambit for manipulating opinion (and bypassing the higher brain functions) but it cannot well serve the functions of thought nor serve successfully as a legal term (it’s too vague and broad). But then, as with the original term ‘sex offender’ ('SO') – neither a clinical term nor useful for diagnosis nor of itself capable of supporting a criminal charge – it’s kinda catchy and grabs the attention. Which is good enough for advocacy work the way it has mutated around here nowadays.
At 19-11 the Complaint pays itself a rather large compliment: all of this “evidence” (and the assurance of much, much more if the Court would like it) is due to the “heroic efforts of survivors, supporters, investigators, attorneys” and so on. [Italics mine] Do these people really understand what that word entails? Coming forward against the mob or a gang or a dictator on his own turf … that is heroism.
And at 19-12 the Complaint rather gives itself away: the Vatican, it insists, has continuously nurtured and enforced “a culture of rape” within the Church. One recalls that particular phrase from radical feminist tracts, where the charge was leveled at – take your pick – Western civilization, patriarchy, or all of the world’s cultures since (pick one) the beginning of recorded time or since men insidiously overthrew the Original Matriarchy and set up their oppressive rule of ‘sex’.