The uses of euphemism: inflicting pain on imprisoned children
11 November 2013
INQUEST co-director Deborah Coles has contributed to an article by INQUEST Trustee Dexter Dias about the unacceptable use of pain in restraining detained children and young people. Deborah said, '‘The euphemistic use of language simply masks the truth of what they’re doing to vulnerable children. Which is hurting them. And subjecting them to fear and violence." INQUEST worked with Dexter Dias on the Gareth Myatt inquest. 15 year old Gareth died following restraint at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.
The full article, published by the Fabian Society, can be read here
‘I was already working with INQUEST, which is the organisation who monitor deaths in custody, and at one AGM I told the audience that what happened to these people [killed in police custody like Chistopher Alder, Roger Sylvester and many others] could happen to any of us. And then a couple of years later, I was standing in front of them again but now it had happened to my cousin. So my family and me were now “users” of Inquest. It shows you that none of us are immune – here am I, Benjamin Zephaniah, patron of INQUEST and client of INQUEST at the same time.’
– Benjamin Zephaniah