On Forgetting Rape

You think it is easy to forget rape?
It’s not the scars which remind you of it.
They are merely marks- cuts of skin too shallow to reach the black hole that is your soul.
It’s the filthy, despiteful pleasure you did not want to have.
That orgasm you never shaved your legs for.
There is a reason rape victims are forever fearful of sex.

artwork by Laura Grace Marchi

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