“I hadn’t really cried for him with anyone—I’d cried alone, obviously, but this was the first time I’d broken down in front of a friend. ‘Fuck,’ I said. ‘My boyfriend raped me.'”
It is a depressing read. It is also required reading.
Well, you know, inasmuch as required reading can exist under these circumstances.
Still, though, read.
I would plead with anyone who’s been sexually assaulted in similar circumstances to tell someone you trust, and don’t ever, ever pretend that it’s not a big deal. Context is irrelevant if you’ve said “no.” These things might happen in the dark, but they should never be kept that way.
Image note: Detail of artwork by Nick Scott for Vice.com, February, 2015.
Anonymous. “Rape Happens in Gay Relationships Too”. Vice. 23 February 2015.