Glossary of Terms Pertaining to Sexual Violence

Originally written in 2018, I am distressed that this post still remains relevant in our society today. This year has felt unreal, dystopian, like the sims or a video game – "unprecedented times". Over the past few days however, the perils haven't been unprecedented at all. In fact, these past few days are eerily familiar, and that's why they've hurt the most. A young woman being raped, attacked and killed; police brutality at protests that demand justice for a black man who was killed by a police officer; an pre-teen girl being raped by 11 different men at various points in time... This year has been horrifying, but by far the most horrifying part of it all is that these events aren't uniqu