It’s so important to keep bringing attention to this. Too many people (mostly male) seem to have the impression that harassment might be annoying but isn’t actually all that damaging or harmful. They can understand that rape might be traumatizing but then complain when harassment is also mentioned in the same sentence as if that is somehow undermining “real” trauma. Meanwhile, as you’ve pointed out, some people develop full on PTSD or other serious issues in response to harassment (and some people who get raped come through it relatively unscathed.) There’s no correct continuum of what is actually traumatizing and what isn’t.

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