Why, when writing about rape and sexual assault, do you never use the words “rape” or “sexual…
Laurie Herdman
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You’re right, Laurie. I suppose it’s a bad excuse, but I wasn’t sure if those words were applicable to my story and that’s the reason why I didn’t use them. But I think, as you said, the underlying reason why I didn’t use them was because they’re ugly and painful and they can be difficult to read and write.

Thank you for pointing this out.