6 Things That Are Never Okay to Say to Someone Who's Been Sexually Assaulted

December 4, 2014 6:36 PM

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6 Things That Are Never Okay to Say to Someone Who's Been Sexually Assaulted

There's a really great but uncomfortable Amy Schumer bit where she says "Every woman's been a little bit raped." It's great because it de-stigmatizes sexual assault and creates solidarity through experience, and it's uncomfortable because it's brutally honest -- not because it's poking fun at a situation that should never be mocked. It's designed specifically to make you squirm, and/or nod your head in agreement. I think it's one of few instances in which comedy tackles the issue of sex crime without being crass or offensive, or relying on some sort of misplaced sense of shock value. Add to that one-in-five women has been the victim of sexual assault, and you start to see how comedy is capable of making a powerful social statement.

I bring up this anecdote as a means of addressing how we, on a personal level, should and should not speak to someone who confides that they've experienced sexual assault. On whatever level the assault has been experienced, from the horror of rape to the everyday harassment that happens on the stree...

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