In recent times words like ‘pests’, ‘monster’, ‘animals’, ‘cockroaches’ and other derogatory terms have been used to refer to law-breakers. While this is intended to show so-called ‘strength’, ‘tenacity’, ‘resolve’ and ‘grit’, there is something called the Law of Unintended Consequences. This means that sometimes words and actions mushroom into something that we never intended.
Public figures, such as the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and so on ought to be extremely careful with the use of language in the public domain, especially the language that is meant to dehumanise another human being.
Dehumanising language on the radio talk-shows, social media posts, in the home or at school and, in the everyday conversation impact wider culture and therefore behaviour and attitudes. Behaviour and attitudes are directly correlated to crime.