British columnist Piers Morgan is very proud of coming from a “big military family.” So proud, in fact, that he’s taken it upon himself to mansplain what it means to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder to Lady Gaga and Madonna — celebrities whom he believes claim to suffer from the condition in order “to promote themselves.”
In a series of tweets, Morgan asserted that PTSD was something only “soldiers returning from battlefields” suffer from and dismissed claims that Madonna and Lady Gaga had been raped because neither of them had filed claims with police. In reality, PTSD is in fact a condition that can arise “after experiencing a traumatic event such as sexual assault,” according to the National Center for PTSD.
Morgan’s ignorance of what PTSD actually is, and his remarkable confidence in pretending otherwise, was also indicative of his callous treatment of Lady Gaga’s and Madonna’s admissions that they suffered sexual assault. In fact, the majority of incidents of rape go unreported — in part because even advancing a claim is unlikely to lead to punishment for the perpetrator. According to RAINN, for every 1,000 incidents of rape, only 344 such cases are reported. For every 1,000 incidents of rape, 994 perpetrators walk free.
Lady Gaga, taking exception to Morgan’s comments, offered to educate the columnist on both PTSD and why women don’t report rape, saying on Twitter, “If anyone in your family suffers from it, I pray they have more good days than bad. It has affected me & my whole family.” And even after another series of passive aggressive remarks from Morgan, it appears that Gaga is still willing to give him an interview.
If said interview does come to pass, hopefully Morgan and others come away with a better understanding of both PTSD and sexual assault. For better or worse, it appears the only one self-promoting with false claims is Morgan.
Read the full story at The Huffington Post.