letters | record of abuse in boy scout files
Poor use of words plays into absurd notion that victims share responsibility
Christine M. Hickey writes: Language is very important, particularly regarding such a delicate topic. Sexual abuse victims are often asked why they didn’t just say no, or stop the abuse. Your usage of the word “allowed” in this context feeds into the absurd notion that victims have the power to stop the abuse and hold some responsibility for being abused.