This young woman was said to be a victim of a random acid attack. Naomi Omi spoke to media on February 1, 2013. Statement Analysis of her initial statements is at the end of this
Statement Analysis of the victim's words indicated passivity about the attacker's identity.
Passive language is used to conceal identity and/or responsibility.
The analysis posted from last week is below. Why would someone use passive language in a random attack?
Police revealed that Naomi Omi, the victim, had searched "acid attack" on her computer recently, before the attack and questioned if she had done this herself. Later, we learned that two people were arrested.
Some comments posted said that the arrest of two people refuted Statement Analysis, showing it to be incorrect. One asked if the analysis would be changed given the news of the arrest.
I wrote that the arrests do not change the analysis. Passive language was employed about the attacker. To us, the subject is dead; the statement is alive. We may not know why, but we don't change the rules of analysis.
Passivity is used when someone does not want to reveal the identity of the person. This is a principle we follow, along with the possibility that passivity may be used to conceal responsibility. "The gun went off" is passivity. Guns don't just go off; triggers are pulled.
Update: We now learn that the victim knows the two people arrested in the attack as friends of hers.
who threw acid in her face, leaving her temporarily
blinded and with severe burns.
Here is her statement made on TV: "No words were spoken. There was no dialogue.
I looked back and remember the person
just staring at me. The eyes were cold.
It was a cold stare."
What do we see in her statement?
1. "No words were spoken" is passive.
Passivity is often used to conceal identity or responsibility.
2. Passivity: "There was no dialogue."
This is also passive, and it has a language change from no "words" to "no dialogue."
3. Change in wording.
Words have the tendency to remain the same unless there is a change in reality. When there is no change in reality, we must ask if the change of words is an indication that the subject is not speaking from experiential memory.
4. "I looked back and remember..."
Within an open statement, one can only tell us what they remember.
5. "the person"
The "person" is gender neutral. Why not the "woman" since her gender has been identified?
6. "The eyes were cold" and "It was a cold stare" has the repetition of "cold", making it sensitive, but "it was a cold stare" is passive as well. This appears to be an emotional recall, placed at the time of the alleged assault. If "cold eyes" is to gauge an emotion, it would make the emotion appear to be artificially placed here in the alleged assault.
7. She went from the "eyes" being cold to the "stare", which appears to be a change in language without anything appearing to change, in context (reality).
There is enough information in the statement to question if the subject knows the attacker and is concealing information.
When she learned that police were considering that she may have done this to herself:
“I’ve only just come out of hospital after having surgery on my eye. To see this story saying that I’d done it made me so angry and really hurts. There’s no way I would have done this to myself. I want the person who did this to be caught.”
note the word "would" rather than "did" and note the word "person" is gender neutral; and not "the woman" who did this (she reported a Muslim woman did it)
*******Here is the original report from February 1, 2013. Note that Statement Analysis is in bold type. This is where it was a random attack by an unknown assailant.