And the others at the table could have witnessed another possible response to such a joke that is neither combative, condoning nor acquiescing. It might have even sparked a generative conversation.
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This introspection got me thinking about how important and rare it is that we talk about these sensitive subjects without anger or fear clouding the communication. If I could talk to him about rape, I could talk to anybody. I found him online and emailed him, asking what impact the rape had had on his life. Just healing, perhaps for us both. My expectations were low. To my astonishment, Dave emailed me right back, thanking me for reaching out.
He said he was slammed with work and would write a longer, more thoughtful reply in a few days. It never came.
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Just sending him that message without any shred of rage left in my heart — just curiosity — was empowering enough. Perhaps to test my newfound peace of mind, the universe sent me another rape joke a few months later. A male relative of mine in law enforcement emailed me a post on his social media account of a picture of an icy nature scene with text that read:.
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