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2004-06-13 07:35:27 (UTC)

To Those Who Think Abuse Is Somehow Funny --

Ya know what REALLY bothers me?
Jokes about abuse.

I seriously cannot figure out why people think they are so
freakin' hilarious. I remember one point in time when I
could barely keep count on both hands the amount of times
people I knew had made 'jokes' about rape in one day.

I'm not the type of person who is easily offended... but
that really gets to me. And people do it ALL the time.

It makes no sense.

Abuse, and especially sexual abuse, is SUCH a sensitive
topic for someone who has actually experienced it.... And
what most people don't seem to realize/don't think about
is that making cruel references to that sort of thing can
have actual mental AND physical effects on someone who's
been a victim of it.

Anyone heard of triggers? Hm? No?
Yeah, that's what I thought.

The thing is... you never actually know who around you HAS
been a victim of it because people that have suffered
through abuse don't really like to talk about it with just
anyone.
So you might just be making a joke... but at the same
time, you could also really be hurting someone around you.

More people have gone through it than you think.

Just consider that the next time you want to make a joke
about abuse... because maybe not everyone will be laughing
at it.


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