On April 22 2015 – less than three weeks ago – the anti-vaccination fundamentalist group, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, made it into every mainstream media outlet, as well as being denounced by all sides of politics, for posting this thing:
Public Officer of the AVsN, ideologue Meryl Dorey, even posted this defence of her organisation’s use of the rape analogy, by referring to other definitions of the word. It did not matter that the other definitions did not equate with the intent or depiction of the act in the image used by the AVsN: Dorey makes her own definitions, and everyone else should just go and eat faeces. This link was given to her by the AVsN’s resident, protected troll: the troll Dorey claims to know nothing about:
In 2011 Dorey used the rape analogy, accusing doctors and judges of ordering the “rape of a child” if they order the immunisation of a child as the result of family court proceedings:
And, just like her recent attempt, above, Dorey offered a similar notpology in 2011; she apologised “unreservedly”, except when she didn’t apologise, immediate after:
To anyone who was insulted or hurt by my comparing the forced vaccination of a child against the custodial parent’s wishes with rape, I do apologise wholeheartedly and without reservation.
I looked up the definition of rape prior to posting that comparison and in the dictionary sense of the word, it is accurate.
So. There’s quite some history of this fanatical anti-vaccination pressure group causing needless hurt in the community in the name of their beliefs. So we would think – after being condemned in every mainstream online newspaper, and by all sides of politics, including medical associations, and women’s refuge organisations – that the AVsN would be more circumspect in their deranged pronouncements?
On May 5 2015 this popped up in my Tweetdeck column; from the official Twitter account of the AVsN Inc:
Patriot Nurse Speaks out on Vaccines: Medical Rape or Personal Choice?
The Patriot Nurse is a prepper. She is an anti-vaccine nurse who has courted much controversy over the years. And she likes her guns. And her freedoms. Because, as you all know, Freedom isn’t Free.
The AVsN Tweet was cross-posted from the AVN Facebook page, here:
And, of course, straight under that Facebook post is this defence of the use of the rape analogy – again – by the barely literate anonymous admin “TG”:
Before anyone claims offence – by definition used in this manner: Wikipedia – The term rape originates in the Latin rapere (supine stem raptum), “to snatch, to grab, to carry off” ie personal choice taken away. TG
So, let’s have a look at the claim of the definition of “rape”, as advocated by “TG”, above, and compare it to what appears in the article posted by “TG”. Is it “to snatch, to grab, to carry off”; or is the anonymous AVN admin a brazen, inept liar who is desperate to defend its own indefensible actions?
Here is the section referring to “medical rape”, by The Patriot Nurse:
Forcing people to put a substance or object in their body is equated to “medical rape.” Who gets to decide what’s best for you? Who gets to decide what goes into your body? Who gets to decide what goes into your child’s body? If it is not you, then who is it? Is it the State? Is it a medical tyrannical establishment?
We can see that, not only are the AVN/AVsN a cabal of callous liars who will do and say anything to promote their ideology; they are also terrible at it.
The terrible, useless, flailing, inept AVN/AVsN, Meryl Dorey and their anti-vaccine cult.
Ayem a-thinken Billy Bob Haynk that thar Patriotysm Nurse gone done boomped her hayed if ya git ma meenin.
First, I’ll admit to owning a full dozen firearms.
The purpose of those firearms is several. Lastly, they defend my home (OK, his and hers, never used for such a purpose, but we’re in firearm heaven, still, they’re in small safes).
Second, the *only* tyranny I defend is that of the unperforated X ring. Period. I’m not about to try to engage an AC-130 or B-52, let alone a mere tank.
Finally, I can hunt for meat, in season.
As for the entirety of her “argument”, Commonwealth nations have mandatory health codes.
Those were instituted for a very good reason.
She is unreason.
To be countered, then forced through those factual discourses, to the gutter.
Where she belongs.
Please forgive me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Meryl Dorey & the AVN forced, in court, to change the name AVN because it’s misleading misrepresentation of her/their “mission”?
It has been some time since I looked over the court case docs. The unvarnished truth is that she, and her followers, make my blood boil. While I am passionate about healthcare – & vaccines – I have real problems dealing with the stress this issue causes for me.
Then, to make it worse, I see this advert. As a survivor of violent rape, this ad has made me realise the depraved depth to which Meryl Dorey & her followers will sink. I’m unble to fully express how this makes me feel
You are correct. Dorey and the AVN were ordered to change their name. They refused to change the Facebook name and justified this by lying to Fair Trading and the HCCC:
I am so sorry that this causes you stress. I really couldn’t begin to imagine how this feels for you, no matter how hard I try.
Here’s an article on WHY anti-vaxxers hold onto their beliefs, even in the face of irrefutable evidence.(sorry having probs w/pasting link).
The article is in Mother Jones: “Study: Why You Can’t Change An Anti-Vaxxer’s Mind”. March 3, 2014 by Chris Mooney.
Thank you for your kind words 🙂 . I’m torn in regards to the AVN and anti-vaxxer stance: It would be Darwinism at its finest if the adults were the ones losing their lives but it’s their children that will be suffering instead, and that’s just wrong – wrong for them to take away the choice of a defenceless child and wrong for me to think it’s OK for that child to suffer for its parents’ stupidity.
It isn’t only the anti-vaxxers children that will suffer but also children that are either too young to receive the vaccines or have health conditions that preclude them from doing so. So, while part of me wishes I could say, “Some people are too stupid to live”, in this instance, it isn’t the adults making the choice that will be the ones dying for their beliefs. ( Here’s an analogy: An Adults choice to walk into the middle of a busy street vs. Them shoving their own child PLUS their neighbours child into the busy street.)
* As for me dealing with the upset of this issue, it’s mostly my own fault for being unable to emotionally detach from the issue.*
Emotionally detaching rape is like emotionally detaching from one’s liver.
Not going to happen.
But,it still happened.
I talked a young woman out of buying a pistol for self-defense, purely out of her lack of will to put an attacker’s liver against the wall.
She happily purchased a specific, highly effective form of mace.
My point is, bad things happened.
Move forward, not looking back and fixating upon things past.
Be stronger than the wimp that harmed you.
Then, make things better.
Or, wallow in harm.
As one who shared similar times, I suggest strongly moving forward.
Oh wzrd1, you misunderstood totally. My emotional detachment, or lack thereof, is due to how I feel about the issue of vaccinations. I’m not going to get into the psychology of rape survival with you as I believe this is an inappropriate forum to do so.
BUT! For you to tell me to ” move forward ” is the pinnacle of insensitivity. It’s been 27 yrs and I have moved on. I apologise if I was unclear but it still doesn’t excuse your callous remarks.
Damn! Been away. Missed the FB name change.
Congrats to all who helped the AVN make it happen. Now, if they could just separate the FB page from their Twitter feed, it might actually start to look like they have no involvement in the crazy that occurs there. But then what would they tweet?
(Off topic: I’ve been reading Mia Freedman’s site lately. Anyone notice their little foray into promoting a sponsor’s “immune boosting” supplements recently? Apparently you’ll “never” get sick if you follow their simple (sponsored) steps. And they do this while tearing strips of Ainscough, Gibson and Evans. :sadface)
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