Crime of rape mentioned in this post.
Dear Xantippe of C.A.,
Thanks for sticking up for me. I'm nonplussed that anyone could think I was lighthearted on the subject of rape, particularly in that post.
If it makes my critic feel better, do let her know that the sexual bullying I witnessed at my elementary school seriously blighted my life, and that I finally went to the principal to tell him what had been going on for three years. He, not I, took the "boys will be boys" point of view. For my pains, I was scolded by a female classmate telling the principal because, she said, "Those girls were asking for it." But even at 14, I knew that this was totally wrong.
In her defense, I should mention that this girl was an acquiescent victim of statutory rape as she was 14 and had a 19 year old boyfriend with whom she had been sexually active since she was, if I remember correctly, 12. This was such a big secret that my 14 year old mind could barely comprehend it. I realized that her background was very messed up, but I understood the seriousness of it only when I was older.
Meanwhile, I am very sorry my critic has PTSD and hope she is getting good treatment. If she is interested in reading Catholic theology about women, I highly recommend St. John Paul 2's Mulieris Dignitatem and St. Edith Stein's Woman (Collected Works, Vol 2, especially "Vocations of Men and Women"). If she is strapped for time, Letter to Women by John Paul 2 is an easier read.