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TRIGGER WARNING: Contains content about sexual assault
My first assault happened when I was 18. It was the summer after high school and I was at my boyfriend’s graduation party. None of us had much experience drinking and that night my boyfriend, at the time, drank more than he should have. We hadn’t been dating very long; we were still getting to know each other. When the party started to die down we decided to sneak into the basement for some alone time. At first I was unsure what to make of that night. Even though it hurt and I told him to stop I didn’t know if I could define what happened as an assault because he only penetrated me with his fingers. At the time I thought the definition of rape was exclusive to the penetration of a woman’s vagina by a man’s penis without her consent.
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Anonymous, "I Was Assaulted" (2016). SURGE. 285.