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13th Feb '17 7:38:11 PM MeepieV
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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.

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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and very make it clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime [[Squick on-screen (on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] corpse), and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream insults and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.
13th Feb '17 7:34:10 PM MeepieV
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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath she really hasn't changed at all. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.

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* The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards regard to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with mostly innocent people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath she really hasn't changed at all.Cersei is still a terrible, terrible human being]]. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.
13th Feb '17 7:30:43 PM MeepieV
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*The writers on ''Series/GameofThrones'' might get a lot of flak about their over-use of rape and violence against women as a dramatic device, but they are usually very careful to avert this trope and very clear about how rape doesn't work this way ([[DoubleStandard at least in regards to female characters]]). The best example of this sexual-humiliation-does-not-make-you-a-better-human-being message would be Cersei. During the series she is shown or implied to get sexually humiliated or raped on three separate occasions (raped by Robert off-screen, by Jaime [[Squick on-screen and in front of their dead son's corpse]] and stripped and made to walk naked while a crowd of commoners scream and throw things at her. In each occasion, she briefly comes across as more sympathetic and vulnerable, but will almost immediately do something terrifying (for example, [[spoiler: setting off fire-bombs in a church filled with people]], and the audience is reminded that [[TheSociopath she really hasn't changed at all. Played straight with (male character) Theon, whose redemption arc begins with him being sexually humiliated.
7th Aug '16 6:43:47 PM CaptEquinox
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* Toward the end of ''OscarAndLucinda'', Oscar is raped by a woman who's supposed to be looking after him. She dies in childbirth after Oscar's death, and her son is raised by Lucinda.
7th Aug '16 6:35:15 PM CaptEquinox
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* Way too much ''StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' K/S SlashFic depicts Spock raping Jim Kirk, or vice versa, to teach him that he was gay all along. [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak]], author of several professionally published ''Star Trek'' novels, began [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_K/S_Fandom_by_David_Gerrold pushing the idea that Kirk secretly wanted to be raped by Spock]] ''to the Star Trek creators'' and people involved with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', to the point that she and her partner Myrna Culbreath were banished from the Paramount offices and lot.
30th Jul '16 3:41:35 PM nombretomado
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* A few fanfics giving this treatment to ''{{Daria}}'''s bitchy sister, Quinn, were famously a source of much controversy within the fandom.

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* A few fanfics giving this treatment to ''{{Daria}}'''s ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'''s bitchy sister, Quinn, were famously a source of much controversy within the fandom.
11th Jul '16 11:10:35 AM WriterGirl2015
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* Pennsatucky in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' becomes a much more sympathetic character after she's raped by a guard.
26th Apr '16 2:06:48 PM MsChibi
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One particularly disturbing version is where a HeteronormativeCrusader rapes a lesbian, justifying his crime with claims that the sex act will [[CureYourGays "cure" her of her homosexuality]]. Modern works will usually cast the rapist as a villain, but in earlier works the rapist may very well be the ''hero'', and (due to contemporary misunderstanding of what lesbianism was) the cure may very well work.

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One particularly disturbing version is where a HeteronormativeCrusader rapes a lesbian, justifying his crime with claims that the sex act will [[CureYourGays "cure" her of her homosexuality]]. Modern works will usually cast the rapist as a villain, but in earlier works the rapist may very well be the ''hero'', and (due to contemporary misunderstanding of what lesbianism was) [[RapeAndSwitch the cure may very well work.
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17th Mar '16 11:10:10 PM oolongdao
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** Actually rape is never stated but the story follows the same beats as a rape as redemption story would.
10th Feb '16 7:03:08 AM GlitteringFlowers
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!!Mixed Examples
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* In works by Creator/KunihikoIkuhara, several female characters [[http://whiningaboutyuri.tumblr.com/post/92532712333/making-people-hate-me-for-dissing-ikuhara-pt-3 have been punished with sexual abuse to one degree or another]] for their mistakes or bad behaviors, ''and'' said punishments have been dealed by people of either genders. In example:
** In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', [[spoiler: RichBitch Nanami is assaulted by her brother Touga as a part of her BreakTheHaughty process]] and [[spoiler: Juri's "friend" Shiori is manipulated by her and Juri's old flame Ruka into a sexual relationship, then dumped in a very humiliating manner]]
** In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', [[spoiler: StalkerWithACrush Ringo is nearly raped. ''Twice''. First by a man whom she drugged to have sex with, later by a woman who sees her as a ReplacementGoldfish for her dead sister.]]
** In ''Anime/YuriKumaArashi'', after a bout of inconsistent back-and-forthing over whether or not she wants to eat Kureha or not, Ginko only actually and finally manages to get over it after she gets raped and seduced into killing and eating by [[spoiler: Mitsuko]], which comes right after TheReveal that [[spoiler: Ginko had a hand in Sumika's death]].
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