You’re going, why is she telling us this AGAIN? We know, right? She blogs about it, it’s been a theme in her art and music, isn’t this redundant?
Sure, but not as redundant as ongoing stigma, which this is part of an awareness campaign responding to. Specifically NBC anchor Brian Williams saying that sub-human scumbag rapist Ariel Castro “is arguably the face of mental illness”. As both someone with Schizo-Affective Disorder and a survivor of rape this type of ignorance gives me the head-explosion, though not as much as Ariel Castro’s actions themselves do.
Additionally, given that there’s no public information of Mr. Castro, the man for whom a Doll Hospital song begins with a ragged scream of “BASURA PIGSHIT DIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE”, having a mental illness diagnosis. And even if it were to turn out that he does — well, that still doesn’t change the fact that the bulk of people with mental illness do not go around committing the actions he has. That they’re more likely to fall victim to predatory, abusive personalities. That at least one type of mental illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, may arise from undergoing treatment such as those poor women experienced at the hands of Castro. (Which is not to assume any of them have it either, just that this is common.) That the media’s constant linking of perp violence and mental illness in public imagination, with no other pictures painted, has got to stop.
Thanks to bloggers bpshielsy at The Bipolar Place , Laura P. Schulman at Bipolar For Life, and Laura SQ at Mrs.Biploarity for kicking off this campaign. You can see more at their YouTube page and Facebook.