Rape is not beating someone at a video game or being beaten in one.
Rape is not being under-prepared for an exam.
Rape is not rebooting a cheesy ’90s children’s show into a gritty short.
Rape is not the horrific treatment of cows in the dairy industry.
Rape is not clear-cut logging.
These are all real-life uses of the word “rape/raped” I’ve heard. And each one makes my blood boil.
Rape is a profoundly dehumanizing act of intimate terror against another person. Multiply marginalized people are disproportionately targeted and impacted by sexualized violence. One in three women is a survivor of sexualized violence. That means there is a survivor in every room.
Think about that. Statistically, there is a survivor of sexualized violence in every room of three or more people. That means that those “edgy” rape jokes, that complete misappropriation of the term rape to refer to some minor setback…
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