For example, a social worker will tell you that a repeated washing of hands by a child not previously known to wash his or her hands, may indicate sexual abuse. There is no "re-interpretation" of the activity: the child is washing his or her hands more frequently. It is the "why", behind the washing, that the social worker, school teacher, doctor, nurse, or concerned person is focusing upon.
In language, it is the same thing.
There are certain words which are not necessary to complete a sentence that enter into statements in which sexual activity (including sexual abuse) enters.
Notice the difference between the two sentences:
Subject A "I went to bed at 10PM."
Subject B "I went to bed and turned off the lights at 10PM."
What is the difference between the two sentences? What caused the second subject to give the additional, and seemingly unnecessary information about turning off the lights?
Something in reality took place that caused Subject B to give this additional information. Follow up interviews, over many years and many interviews, revealed what likely or had often taken place.
Take the following into consideration:
Doors Opening/Closing, windows opening/closing
Coverings; blankets, towels, etc
Water; washing, bathing, showering, laundry, etc
as possible linguistic indications of sexual activity including sexual abuse. We often find the word "child" within the language where possible abuse exists or is considered. When I hear someone use the word, I often ask their profession as social workers, nurses, teachers, and others who see children "at risk" often will say the word "child" instead of "boy, girl, kid" and so on.
When someone speaks of growing up and refers to himself or herself as a "child", it is closely associated with child abuse, with a high percentage towards sexual abuse.
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, RA Dickey claimed to have been sexually abused in childhood, as did LaToya Jackson of the famed Jackson family. Both, in speaking of themselves growing up, used the word "child", a verbal confirmation of their claim.
Lights are often associated with sexual activity; some positive and some negative (lights off), including failed romance (turning off the lights) in a relationship.
Doors opening and closing are sometimes found in the language of children, recalling a time of abuse, where the door opening increased anxiety, for example, in the statement. For some adults abused in childhood, we find similar references, where there is no necessity in referencing water, doors, windows, but it is found, just the same. These are found in child interviews when it appeared unnecessary for the child to add it to his or her account.
The lack of necessity in the statement, itself, is what makes it so important to the analyst.
Washing is something that can even pinpoint time of sexual homicides, and is found in statements of those involved in sexual homicides. Amanda Knox' statements show an extraordinary number of unnecessary references to water, including detailed accounts of showering, including where she washed or was washed. Hers is a very strong verbal indicator of being involved in a sexual homicide.
The truck driver killer who raped and murdered a teen on the highway mentioned that he went to the gas station yet felt it necessary to say he washed his hands after using the bathroom.
Misty Croslin felt the need to mention not only a washing machine, but the blanket of Haleigh Cummings, when it was not necessary to mention either. I believe Haleigh Cummings was sexual abused and likely died from a drug overdose...at the age of 5 years.
Coverings: Besides those abused sexually, this will sometimes enter the language of war veterans who suffer from the trauma of having elevated flight/fight hormones leaving horrific imprints upon the brain.
"I went to bed, pulled up the blanket and went to sleep." It is not necessary for most of us to mention the blanket, but to the one in need of "covering" or "protection", it is necessary and important, whether it be protection from an abuser, or from artillery.
Note here the interview with John and Patsy Ramsey. The entire interview is analyzed (deception indicated) elsewhere. Here we focus upon a specific statement by John Ramsey
Interview With Parents of Slain Child Beauty Queen
Aired January 1, 1997 - 4:34 p.m. ET
Deception has been indicated (see prior analysis) and here are some relevant answers by John Ramsey:
CABELL: Are you fully convinced that your daughter was kidnapped by some outsiders outside your family or circle of friends?
RAMSEY, J: Yes. I -- we don't -- you know, it's just so hard to know, but we are -- our family is a loving family. It's a gentle family. We have lost one child. We know how precious their lives are .
Note that Ramsey answers the yes or no question with "yes" but then immediately stumbles over the pronouns and instead of focusing on the "outsider" who did this, he enters a defense of his own family. Why the need to assert after a violent crime that "its" a "gentle" family?
CABELL: How did you happen later to look in the basement?
This question is directed to John Ramsey who found the body. Our expectation is to hear him say what he did. This is highly personal to a father.
RAMSEY, J: Well, we'd waited until after the time that the call was supposed to have been made to us, and one of the detectives asked me and my friend who was there to go through every inch of the house to see if there was anything unusual or abnormal that looked out of place.
Before stating what he did, he shows us his priority.
1. We waited for the call
2. The detective asked me
3. look for anything "unusual" or "abnormal" that looked out of place. Is there something "abnormal" that can look 'in place.'?
He does not say "I found her in the basement" but instead sets a scenario where the responsibility rests with the detective, not him.
RAMSEY, P: Look for clues I guess.
RAMSEY, J: Look for clues, asking us to do that, give us something more to do to occupy our mind, and so we started in the basement, and -- and we were just looking, and we -- one room in the basement that -- when I opened the door -- there were no windows in that room, and I turned the light on, and I -- that was her.
Note the plural: "asking us", give "us" and occupy "our" mind; as if he and his friend (who is not named indicating a lesser social introduction) were sharing one mind.
"So" tells us why "we" "started" (again plural; note also activity started but not completed). This shows the reason he did something making this a very sensitive point. Why would he feel the need to explain why he did this, or the need to put the responsibility on the police?
Note how far he goes before telling us the simple result. He gives an abundance of detail leading up to the simple and expected "I found her."
"I opened the door" has not only the reference to "door opening" but also has the pronoun "I", instead of plural, making this a very important sentence.
Note the broken sentence that began with the most used pronoun in English: "I" as an incomplete thought.
What was he going to say?
Please note that he was not able to say "I found her" but only "that was her."
This is an indicator that he knew where she was and did not "find" her at all, only that he showed others where her body was. This is further confirmed by his need to explain why he even searched for his own daughter.
The Grand Jury indicted the Ramseys in the death of Jonbenet, but the prosecutor, Alex Hunter, in face of the high powered private attorneys of the Ramseys, refused to sign the indictment, and deliberately misled the public into thinking that the Grand Jury did not indict the Ramseys.
There is enough here, as well as elsewhere, linguistically, to suspect sexual abuse of Jonbenet.
Behavioral Analysis shows repeated bed wetting and urinary tract infections, both in which are found in sexually abused children.
Please compare this analysis specifically with the references of both John and Patsy Ramsey, in other statements, to their daughter, Jonbenet, noting the context in which she was called "child" and context in which she was "daughter" to them. It will affirm the findings above.