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After listening to both of the stories the two girls told, I can’t believe people use the word rape like it is a joke. This isn’t right. People shouldn’t just toss out the word because they don’t know the story behind everyone around them. It is hard to believe one of the girls lost some of her friends because they wouldn’t stop using rape in a joking context. This isn’t what should happen in our society or anywhere for that matter. This is a serious matter, and it is definitely nothing to joke about.  As stated in the article A Rape A Minute, A Thousand Corpses A Year, “every 6.2 minutes a rape is reported.” That means that everyday about 8,928 rapes are report, but the article states that the estimated “total could be 5 times higher” because many rapes aren’t even reported. Rape can happen to people of any age, which makes this topic an extremely serious matter. In the article Solnit talked about a 4 year old that was raped and also an 83 year old. How can people so many people use the word rape as a joke when in reality it has an effect on so many people?

No one should have to walk around waiting for someone to use this work in a joke or out of context. No one deserves to have flashbacks or triggers just because another person thought it would be funny to say. So the next time you see someone use the word rape out of context I encourage you to stand up for the people that have gone through it.

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