Today’s post is going to be a redirect. Please, give it a read.
I’m going to urge my fellow writers to read a blog post by legendary horror icon, Brian Keene, about the very real threat of rape and everything that goes along with it. He covers a lot of territory, and makes many great points.
If you, or anyone you love has been affected by this heinous act, you know the seriousness of the subject. It’s one I don’t take lightly. Someone close to me suffered through it. I was there to try and help in any way I could.
You may, or may not, know I have a near rape scene in my first book. I talked about my struggle with writing it, cutting it out, putting it back in, cutting it back out, and ultimately putting it back in again. It’s still there today. It was important for me to show what happens to the character, how she handles the situation and how it changes her mentally. To me, not including the scene felt wrong. This bad thing happened to her. In reality, it happens all too often. I didn’t want to glorify the act, but, rather, focus on how it changed the character.
I still struggle with knowing the scene is in my book. My hope is readers will understand the intent.
When I read Brian’s post, I found myself nodding along to much of it. I wanted to share with all of you here. Without further adieu, the link for Brian’s original post will appear below. I would highly encourage you to click on it and give it a read. Like Brian says, “Rape is a subject that impacts us all, and it is our duty to speak up. If you make art, if you create entertainment, if you examine the world via words or pictures and offer folks a few hours of escapism and release, then you have a responsibility to get involved.”