Will I ever call it rape? Well, maybe in my head. Why not? It’s not like I’m going to charge the guy or anything.
Whose Pain Counts?
Emma Lindsay
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Most survivors don’t. The biggest reaction I hear to coercion scenes in pop culture is, “that can’t be rape because if what happened to her is rape, then I was raped, too. And I haven’t been raped.” Everyone is doing everything they can to keep this word from belonging to them, and I get it. I really, really do. But maybe it’s your word. Maybe it’s all our word.