Thanks for sharing such a tough story in order to illustrate a point that needs to keep being illuminated. Rape is not always physical force. It’s quite often coercion, and this dynamic of the older male and the younger female is all too common.

Wishing you continued healing and reclaiming of your life.

“The average age of women who experienced forced sexual initiation was 15.6. The average age of the partner or assailant at the time was 6 years older. Among women whose first sexual intercourse was voluntary, the average age was 17.4.

Some 50% of women surveyed said the perpetrator was larger or older. More than 46% of the women were held down. In 56% of the instances, men used verbal pressure. Men used physical threats more than 26% of the time and caused physical harm in more than 25% of the instances. Some 22% of the women were drugged.”(emphasis mine) CNN Health

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