When it comes to sexual assault and sexual violence, the language that we use is important. That’s why we must refer to those who have been sexually assaulted as survivors, not victims — and Senator Jeanne Shaheen just made a point about why this matters.
Shaheen questioned Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley and United States Marine Corps General Robert Neller over the U.S. Marines sharing nude photos of women Marines.
When Neller referred to sexual assault survivors as victims, Shaheen said, “I would suggest you use the term survivor, rather than victim, for those people who have been attacked.”
“Yes ma’am,” he replied.
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