Motherhood, mental illness and beyond

When is rape not rape?

If she is raped by a stranger, it’s rape.

If she’s raped by someone she knows, it’s still rape.

If she’s raped by her partner, it’s still rape.

If she screams for help, it’s rape.

If she doesn’t, it’s still rape.

If her attacker has a weapon, it’s rape.

If her attacker doesn’t have a weapon, it’s still rape.

If she struggles it’s rape.

If she doesn’t struggle it’s still rape.

If she says no, it’s rape.

If she’s wearing revealing clothing, it’s still rape.

If she’s naked, it’s still rape.

If she’s had sex with her attacker before, it’s still rape.

If she’s kissed her attacker, it’s still rape.

If she’s flirted with or ‘come on to’ her attacker, it’s still rape.

If she’s drunk or intoxicated, it’s still rape.

If she’s a virgin it’s rape.

If she’s not a virgin it’s still rape.

If she’s walking alone it’s still rape.

If she doesn’t report it to the police it’s still rape.

If she doesn’t want to have sex, or is unable to consent, it’s rape. Always. No matter the circumstances.

(Throughout this I’ve used “she” and “her” to refer to the victim, purely for ease of writing. Men are raped too and of course the same statements apply).

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Comments on: "When is rape not rape?" (2)

  1. Kevin Longmore said:

    You are so right

  2. Definitely. This is the kind of thing you want to be on posters in schools (and everywhere else)

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