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Originally posted by Sage08 I know if *I* were raped, I'd much rather it be reported out as a 'sexual assault' instead of a 'rape'. Only the people who need to know, need to know what exactly happened (the authorities, close family, etc).
Does that make sense?
Originally posted by asmeone2
I see what you're saying, but I would feel the other way, I think. If there was forced penetration, I wouldn't want to try to hide that. I think I would WANT to have the generalities of the act, though not the details, made public.
I think part of the pathology is making the victim feel ashamed of what has happened. I suppose that's why a lot of victims don't come forwards.
I might not be able to prevent someone from takeing advantage of me, but I would be able to spill the beans on what he did, possibly who he was.