communication between rape survivors and the general public
there is a dichotomy:
bc the public doesn't know about the psych. after effects- to them rape is about a physical act and violence and wounds and- stigma to the perp. they don't understand self blame AT ALL.
To the victim rape is about how much it messes you up psychologically, emotionally, how much it stigmatizes and induces self and victim blame wrongly. How badly it messed you up overall.
So if we expand our vocabulary
it should be in a way that reaffirms to victims that their pain is valid
and real even if they can't SEE the damage bc our brains are encased in
our heads. It's still there.
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