No, Rape Victims Are Not “Survivors”


David Forsmarck and Jenn Q. Public have both objected to my dismissal of the term “survivor” when dealing with victims of rape. My original statement, which I stand by, reads thus:
“Survivor” is a term we typically employ to those who have endured the horrors of genocide, war, or famine, and managed to come out alive. [...]

Yes, Alex, “Survivor” Applies to Rape Victims


Ted Bundy in court.
With the enthusiasm of the young, Alex Knepper takes a good debate point WAY too far when discussing the reaction to his college newspaper column about “date rape.”
There is a legitimate point to be made that equating a consensual sexual encounter that goes a minute longer than one side decided is should [...]

The Language of Rape, Victimhood, and Survival


I was sexually assaulted when I was thirteen years old by someone I mistakenly believed was a friend. I rarely think about it. It happened, I got through it, and I survived.
NewsReal contributor Alex Knepper believes the word “traumatic” doesn’t apply to being held down and forcibly penetrated against my will.  What’s more, he thinks [...]