I am thinking more and more about how, when knowledge about abuse is mentioned in public spaces ( sexual abuse, organised abuse ) the the language that is used to shove the speakers back into silence is totally surreal and bizarre.
Shopping malls, witchhunts, UFO’s and alien abduction. False memories implanted in mice, in bees and people who practice mindfullness. References to the grim reaper, the Middle Ages, to Salem ( which wasn’t actually in the middle ages but who cares? ) and more…
This is a quote from Vanity Fair in 2013, after media outlets were legally free to publish information about Savile that had not been possible when he was alive.
What is a formless knot of fear? Whose formless knot of fear is being referred to?
Here is another quote from the same article
This is a more recent quote from an article in The Times when a journalist ponders on the fact that there is more than one on-going investigation into organised child abuse in the UK
“A few of us (at the beginning, very few of us) watched this process with alarm. From Watson’s acorn — or alleged acorn because, of course, no names were named and no cases detailed — grew a forest of lusty oaks.”