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17th Jul '16 6:58:16 AM Adept
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* In Hobbit fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4661757 The Monstrous Company of Thorin Oakenshield]] this is the backstory of all married characters, and Thorin. As any TerryPratchett fan can easily deduce from the title, the whole company (except Bilbo and Gandalf) is actually female. This backstory is the reason why they want to reconquer Erebor; they want a place to live in peace. While others seem to cope relatively well with the (marital) rape, Thorin, having been raped out of wedlock, is so traumatized she becomes insane ... just like in the original, but for very different reasons.

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* In Hobbit fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4661757 The Monstrous Company of Thorin Oakenshield]] this is the backstory of all married characters, and Thorin. As any TerryPratchett Creator/TerryPratchett fan can easily deduce from the title, the whole company (except Bilbo and Gandalf) is actually female. This backstory is the reason why they want to reconquer Erebor; they want a place to live in peace. While others seem to cope relatively well with the (marital) rape, Thorin, having been raped out of wedlock, is so traumatized she becomes insane ... just like in the original, but for very different reasons.
11th Jul '16 11:36:21 PM haloinsider
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OrIsIt? Estimates are that as much as 30% of all rapes are, shockingly, female-on-male, it's often not believed, (if the man will even admit it), and the man is likely affected worse than a woman because there is even less of a support network for male victims of female rapists than the inverse. There have been people trying to obtain the raw data of a Centers For Disease Control survey on sexual assault but can't, apparently because the data would go a long way to confirming the 30% female-on-male figure and stop a great disservice of hiding the actual extent men are victims and women are perpetrators. But such reporting is resisted by those whose agenda and power are maintained by denying female-on-male rape is much more common than is admitted.

"Oedinary" male-on-female rape, on the contrary, is extremely common in bad fanfiction. What better justification could your SympatheticSue have for her boundless angst than having been raped in her past? If given almost no weight to the story, then it's been handled very badly.

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OrIsIt? Estimates are that as much as 30% of all rapes are, shockingly, female-on-male, it's often not believed, (if the man will even admit it), and the man is likely affected worse than a woman because there is even less of a support network for male victims of female rapists than the inverse. There have been people trying to obtain the raw data of a Centers For Disease Control survey on sexual assault but can't, apparently because the data would go a long way to confirming the 30% female-on-male figure and stop a great disservice of hiding the actual extent men are victims and women are perpetrators. But such reporting is resisted by those whose agenda and power are maintained by denying female-on-male rape is much more common than is admitted.

"Oedinary"
"Ordinary" male-on-female rape, on the contrary, is extremely common in bad fanfiction. What better justification could your SympatheticSue have for her boundless angst than having been raped in her past? If given almost no weight to the story, then it's been handled very badly.
6th Jul '16 6:02:01 AM Luigifan
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There is TruthInTelevision to this trope, considering that rape is an extremely traumatic event and can cause serious mental illness and psychological repercussions. The fact that some writers use it to cheap effect for [[RapeAsDrama drama]] is not thought of highly. See also ChildByRape.

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There is TruthInTelevision to this trope, considering that rape is an extremely traumatic event and can cause serious mental illness and psychological repercussions. The fact that some writers use it to [[GratuitousRape cheap effect effect]] for [[RapeAsDrama drama]] is not thought of highly. See also ChildByRape.
28th Jun '16 6:31:27 AM Tdarcos
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A popular way to establish a character as having a motivation for their depression, angst, distrust of others, and other anti-social tendencies is to have the revelation that he or she was raped at some point in his or her past. The overwhelming majority of characters given this treatment are female, but there are still cases of male characters (although even that is predominantly by other men).

It is extremely common in bad fanfiction. What better justification could your SympatheticSue have for her boundless angst than having been raped in her past? If given almost no weight to the story, then it's been handled very badly.

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A popular way to establish a character as having a motivation for their depression, angst, distrust of others, and other anti-social tendencies is to have the revelation that he or she was raped at some point in his or her past. The overwhelming majority of characters given this treatment are female, but there are still cases of male characters (although characters, although even that is predominantly by other men).

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OrIsIt? Estimates are that as much as 30% of all rapes are, shockingly, female-on-male, it's often not believed, (if the man will even admit it), and the man is likely affected worse than a woman because there is even less of a support network for male victims of female rapists than the inverse. There have been people trying to obtain the raw data of a Centers For Disease Control survey on sexual assault but can't, apparently because the data would go a long way to confirming the 30% female-on-male figure and stop a great disservice of hiding the actual extent men are victims and women are perpetrators. But such reporting is resisted by those whose agenda and power are maintained by denying female-on-male rape is much more common than is admitted.

"Oedinary" male-on-female rape, on the contrary,
is extremely common in bad fanfiction. What better justification could your SympatheticSue have for her boundless angst than having been raped in her past? If given almost no weight to the story, then it's been handled very badly.
27th Jun '16 10:18:18 PM Dgon
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*Britta in ''Series/{{Community}}'' was molested at her eleventh birthday by a man in a dinosaur costume, obviously as is a comedy the subject is PlayedForLaughs making it a case of BlackComedyRape.
21st Jun '16 3:52:47 AM Luppercus
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* Justine in ''PennyDreadful'' was raped and forced into prostitution, which is one of the reasons for her to join [[ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]] and [[BrideOfFrankenstein Lily Frankenstein]]'s cause. This is coherent with her character as she is based on the Creator/MarquisDeSade character.
19th Jun '16 12:42:03 PM milliewilliebo
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* In ''Literature/{{Phenomena}}'' is this a part of [[spoiler:Sha-ra's]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast backstory]]. He was raised to be the next [[spoiler:bearer of the titular prophecy book, but as his teacher and brother died in a fire. He was taken in by the [[CivilizedAnimal Winter Bears]]]] and tried to live his own life. He became one of the first to become a DragonRider but his destiny caught up with him, it was up to him to find the [[TheChosenMany chosen children]] whom hadn't appeared in 100s of years which was what made his teacher mad and burn his castle down. [[spoiler:Sha-ra]] then became an [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic]]. One day he saw a beautiful woman who invited him to a drink. He doesn't remember much but followed her into an inn, and later woke up, felt dirty and disgusting and wanted to do anything to forget it. 9 months later the woman appeared before him again with a baby, he [[ThatThingIsNotMyChild said some things he shouldn't have]] and the woman offered to kill the child. He begged her to not kill the child and she [[EveryScarHasAStory scarred the child]] and placed a curse on him that the next time he met the child he would die.
16th Jun '16 8:21:53 PM nombretomado
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* Bleez of the [[GreenLantern Red Lanterns]] was ganged raped by Sinestro Corps members in a creepy kind of way, at least it goes with the current theme that all Red Lanterns are victims.

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* Bleez of the [[GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lanterns]] was ganged raped by Sinestro Corps members in a creepy kind of way, at least it goes with the current theme that all Red Lanterns are victims.



* ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' #434 lists this as the reason for the villainess' "Take Over the World" plan, on the last page. Linkara comments on the poor construction of the story here: [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2009/01/uncanny-x-men-424.html]]

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* ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' #434 lists this as the reason for the villainess' "Take Over the World" plan, on the last page. Linkara comments on the poor construction of the story here: [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com/2009/01/uncanny-x-men-424.html]]



* Gamora (seen in ''Warlock and the Infinity Watch'', among others, but now best known for ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'') was raised and trained by death-worshipper {{Thanos}} of Titan after she was orphaned. When she runs away while they're on a trip, she's beaten and raped by a group of thugs, which provides the impetus for Thanos to rebuild her stronger and more powerful than she was before.

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* Gamora (seen in ''Warlock and the Infinity Watch'', among others, but now best known for ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'') was raised and trained by death-worshipper {{Thanos}} ComicBook/{{Thanos}} of Titan after she was orphaned. When she runs away while they're on a trip, she's beaten and raped by a group of thugs, which provides the impetus for Thanos to rebuild her stronger and more powerful than she was before.



* ''[[UltimateMarvel Ultimate Comics Avengers]]'' pulled this one out as for the backstory of the second [[TheWasp Wasp]]. Promising scientist, married to an activist, has a baby. Great life, right? Then the Red Skull shows up, because he's working for the side the husband is protesting against. The scientist, forced to choose between her husband and child, kills her husband, only for the Skull to toss her baby out a third story window, then allow his men to gangrape her. She ended up going into bioterrorism, before being caught by the US government, brain-chipped to make her comply with orders, and put on Fury's new black ops team.

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* ''[[UltimateMarvel ''[[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Comics Avengers]]'' pulled this one out as for the backstory of the second [[TheWasp Wasp]]. Promising scientist, married to an activist, has a baby. Great life, right? Then the Red Skull shows up, because he's working for the side the husband is protesting against. The scientist, forced to choose between her husband and child, kills her husband, only for the Skull to toss her baby out a third story window, then allow his men to gangrape her. She ended up going into bioterrorism, before being caught by the US government, brain-chipped to make her comply with orders, and put on Fury's new black ops team.
7th Jun '16 12:13:53 AM Luppercus
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* Unlike her comic counterpart, Jessica Jones in the Netflix' TV show ''Series/JessicaJones'' does was raped by the Purple Man.
6th Jun '16 8:42:50 PM Luppercus
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** Also Rollins was raped by her superior before she came to Special Victims Unity, which becomes an issue in one episode when she has to deal with him.


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* Maggie in ''FallingSkies'' was raped by Pope's gang during her captivity. She [[spoiler:killed two of her rapist and turned on Pope]] because of that. In her own words one of them thought it was OK [[TearJerker because he gave her chocolate]].
* Eretria in ''TheShannaraChronicles'' was sold to Cephelo as a child and according to her own words: ''Spent my childhood fighting off Cephelo's men".
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