Soraya Chemaly asks, “When Did you First Have to Think About Rape?”

Link to Role/Reboot: "When Did you First Have to Think About Rape?"
Link to Role/Reboot: “When Did you First Have to Think About Rape?”

‘When I began to write about this and related topics, women friends started to say things to me, like: “I never told anyone, but once in college, a man I knew broke into my bedroom one night and tried to rape me. I fought him off and he ran out of the room. I’ve never even told my husband,” or “At a party, when I was 19, I felt certain that I was in a very dangerous situation, so I locked myself in the bathroom, broke the window and jumped out,” or “Once on the subway, I was in a car that emptied out and I found myself alone. I would never have gotten on if the car had been empty. A man got on the train and, in the whole empty train, sat right next to me. I got out at the next stop and had to wait, on an empty platform for more than 30 minutes in the middle of the night. It was frightening and so I stopped taking the subway.” Or, “My uncle used to get into my bed. We didn’t call it rape then.” The most common thread in all of these conversations? With women: “I didn’t tell anyone.” And with men: “I had no idea” (Soraya Chemaly, linked above).’

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