A revolting, ignorant response from Michelle Boag (former National Party president) today claiming opposition members were “parading their victimhood” in disclosing their experiences with sexual violence. Her comment adds to the general sense of shame around disclosure, a sense of humiliation and social fear which almost all of us feel that is one of the key social problems that stops survivors from seeking help. Speaking about sexual violence is one of the first steps toward stopping it. The fear of this kind of judgement is so intense that many of us don’t even discuss what happens with our own family members and friends, let alone police. This is precisely the reason that disclosure is such a difficult and revolutionary act. But apparently in Michelle’s world view there are only some circumstances in which we’re allowed to discuss sexual violence.
Michelle – however – had absolutely nothing at all to say about John Key speaking about rape. And by ‘speaking about rape’ I mean entirely fabricating a claim of rape and fabricating rape victims for political purposes in order to distract from the issue of detainees. She had nothing to say about John Key then further claiming he was the victim of abuse after he made that fake claim. Instead she actually injected her energy into criticizing survivors. What. The. Fuck. I find myself with a strong and burning desire to swear repeatedly in my recent blogs but I’ll make it as simple as this:
I would much rather listen to those MPs speak on any topic at all – including the difficult stuff – than ever have to listen to another single word from Michelle Boag. I think it might be best if she just stopped speaking about anything at all.