Marta points to her 40 year old P.E. teacher and says “He molests me.” I smile a little bit and laugh.
The problem here starts with the fact that:
- “Molestar” in Spanish means “to bother” or “to annoy”
- “Molest” in English means “to sexually assault”
And it continues with the fact that
- Every 12 year old on the planet loves to call people annoying
- Hearing a 12 year old say they’ve been sexually assaulted is one of the most alarming things in the world
But I feel that this specific moment is my fault, because I’ve gotten so good at reading between the lines when Spaniards speak to me in English that I hardly even notice a mistake is being made.
Sorry, I’m not a miracle worker.
“He annoys me. Annoys, you can say it, Marta!”