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
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody