OK, I may get flamed for this, but here goes.
A couple of weeks back Bystander at The Magistrate's Blog wrote a post in which he expressed his irritation at a domestic violence victim being described in court as a 'survivor'. At the time, I thought he was getting het up over not a lot - yes, it's true that only a very small number of domestic violence victims are killed and yes it is therefore somewhat dramatic to call them 'survivors' but, hey, it's not worth getting hot under the collar about it.
Now I'm not so sure. This morning I received the latest e-bulletin from Resolution and in it is an article about 'Parental Alienation Syndrome' (PAS) which includes a quote from someone described as an "adult survivor of PAS". Now this does irritate me. Has anyone ever died from PAS? No. Well, in that case it is completely meaningless (not to say misleading) to use the term in this context. Such hyperbolic over-dramatisation will not do anything for those who have suffered PAS, and may result in a complete misunderstanding of a serious issue that can affect many children disputes.