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I can take a joke. Can YOU take a HINT?

Hi. My name is Laralee. I am a feminist. I am also a rape survivor.

Many women that I’ve met in the community come to feminism after an assault. They want to know why they were raped. They want to know the sociological and psychological reasons for being raped, the reasons for the very existence of such a vile cultural phenomenon. They are often depressed, sometimes suicidal, and always angry. Seething angry. Blood-boiling, black-out angry. And for good reason. They used to feel safe in their own bodies. They felt that they owned their own bodies. Now they dissociate. They cry. They scream into their pillows and throw things and break things when they get home. Their partners, if they’ve been able to move on since the incident and let someone get close to them, try to comfort them, try to tell them to ignore the people at work or school who made those nasty comments, but they know there is nothing they can do to stop the endless cycle of harassment and silence, silence because she can’t speak up. Silence because she can’t believe the words she’s hearing. Silence because her breath has been sucked out of her, like a punch in the gut, every time she hears it.

Rape.

It’s a word that I could not speak out loud for more than two years. Not even to tell people what had happened to me. It’s a word that I hear casually thrown around at ...

My professor called a student’s rape “hanky-panky”

Recently, on campus, a young woman was abducted, raped off-campus, and returned to campus by the rapist. She was then transported to the hospital and administered a rape kit.

My math teacher, paving the road to hell with good intentions, decided to give all the girls in class a lecture about how to avoid being raped. His tips included not walking to our cars after dark and staying in well-lit areas. It is interesting to note that the dormitory the young woman was abducted outside of has lighting in the parking lot. The woman in question was apparently just standing outside of her dorm building, as every student has a right to do. Anyway, I won’t go into all the reasons why “avoid being raped” ...

Recently, on campus, a young woman was abducted, raped off-campus, and returned to campus by the rapist. She was then transported to the hospital and administered a rape kit.

My math teacher, paving the road to hell with good intentions, decided to ...