casual rape

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I intended for this website to be poetry only, but this needs to be read, passed along and raise awareness of sexual harassment at school between students.

girl in the hat

Last Friday at school, a boy walked up behind my daughter, put his hand on her shoulder and said, “Did you know that 99% of all rapes begin with some kind of casual contact?”

Pause for a moment.  Let it sink in. 

The hand on her shoulder.  The word “rape” mouthed so casually.  Her surprise.  Her attempt to brush it off.  The snide look on his face. The boys in the background, snickering or pretending not to hear.  The utter absence of allies or adults.  The snide look on his face.  The hand on her shoulder.    

This is not the first time this boy has harassed my daughter.  Ever since the beginning of the year, this boy has been making verbal jabs in her direction.  When she participates in classroom discussion, he derides her. He says mean, untrue things about her to his friends. He comments on what…

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