Friday, November 19, 2010

TSA 'Enhanced Screenings' Causes Particular Distress For Sexual Assault Survivors

If the 'enhanced screenings' worked and were somewhat rational, while I would have sympathy for those people I would air on the side of security. As it is now, this is just needless hardship. It applies to both male and female victims, and both people who have been physically attacked ('enhanced pat downs' groping) and targets of video voyeurs (naked body scanner).

"Among the constituencies pissed off about the TSA's new security measures: Sexual assault survivors, for whom both the body scans and the patdowns can be triggering.

It's obvious but still needs to be said, as one Reverend Angie Collins wrote on Yahoo! News:

A woman who has been sexually victimized through molestation and rape is more likely to have triggers, flashbacks, and panic attacks of the incident ensuing from words, images, and actions that remind her that her body is no longer sacred. For a rape victim, an enhanced pat down from a stranger in public may come with emotional consequences for her, altering a simple flight to an incident of victimization.

It's probably not a coincidence that a spokeswoman for We Won't Fly is herself a rape survivor. She told Newsweek that she was told by a rape survivor that a leg patdown at the airport gave her a panic attack."

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