“Rape” used again as a metaphor at council meeting

The state is raping Detroit.

For the second week in a row, someone made that declaration during a public Detroit City Council meeting this morning.

This time it was Miss Moore, a member of a civil rights coalition, who this morning likened state intervention and federal monitoring of schools to the most heinous of acts.

“They’re snatching and raping our children everyday. Everyday,” she said to applause. “We have to stop this madness.”

Last week Councilman Kwame Kenyatta suggested the state was anally raping Detroit “without Vaseline” by intervening in city finances.

Here’s a suggestion: If you want to be taken seriously, never compare anything but sexual abuse to rape.

“Rape” is no word to throw around as part of a political agenda. It’s a gruesome reality for an estimated 210,000 Americans – predominately women and children – a year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey.

Try telling them what rape is.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.