Date Rape

August 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m getting really tired of the attitude that “date rape” is a lesser crime than “real rape” (because it’s not really rape if the person bought you a cheeseburger before forcing you to have sex with them).
How is being assaulted and violated by someone you trusted, someone whom you had an interest in at least at some point, and someone you will quite likely have to face socially after they’ve raped you, somehow not that big a deal?
Stranger rape is a violent assault that is also a hate crime.
Date rape is a violent assault that is also a catastrophic breach of trust.
Date rape is also much more common, yet grossly underreported, because the victims keep being told it’s not a big deal.
Being raped by someone you trusted, and then having to face your rapist in social settings, is a big deal. It’s a very big deal.
So let’s please start supporting our friends and loved ones when they’ve been violated, and stop telling their abusers it’s no big deal that they raped our friend.

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