FixedIt: Sexual assault is not being a “pest” it’s being a criminal

Sunraysia Daily reported that a man was jailed for more than two years for sexually assaulting a woman who offered to shelter him when he was homeless. According to the report, the man had previous convictions for sexually abusing children.

The headline labelled him a “sex pest”. Pests are annoying or irksome. Cane toads, rabbits and that guy who interrupts every time you speak are pests. A man who commits sexual assault is a criminal and his crime is not “sex” it is assault. His actions were criminal, dangerous, serious and have long term effects on his victims. Labelling him a “pest” diminishes his crimes and devalues the suffering of his victims.

Also, it might be true that he is an alcoholic but alcoholism does not cause sexual assault. It is an addiction that requires medical and/or psychological intervention, but it’s not criminal and it’s not relevant to a conviction for sexual violence.

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