Created By: ChaoticDreams on March 5, 2012 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on March 12, 2012
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Rape Leads To Insanity

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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil and is a horrible thing to have to experience. In most cases it can negatively affect the mental health and sometimes lead to Sanity Slippage. With this trope a character who is raped experiences significant Sanity Slippage and may more may not regain their sanity. Compare Shell-Shocked Veteran (another common portrayal of PTSD). Compare Break the Cutie, Rape as Drama. Can also include Mind Rape. No Real Life examples please.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • In the classic silent film The Wind, Lillian Gish, who is already being driven around the bend by the neverending titular wind, finally cracks completely when the bad guy rapes her.
  • The sister of the Anti Heroine in the Dirty Harry sequel Sudden Impact becomes catatonic after the two of them are gang-raped.

Fanfics
  • The CSI fanfic 'Face The Music' by Elm22. Link if you want it: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4828756/1/Face_The_Music. Granted, part of Grissom's mental affliction was the torture that went with the rape, but the rape still played a big part in the problems he struggled with.

Theater
  • In A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche's descent into insanity becomes especially evident after Stanley rapes her.
  • In the second book of The Sword of Truth series, a queen (Kahlan's sister) is left in a prison for a few days with several criminals. She is rescued right before an execution. At first, she's catatonic, then suicidal, then she seems to recover, but ends up incapable of fighting the very enemies who threw her in the prison. In the end, her land is taken, and her head is used as a Ja'La ball.

Live-Action TV
  • Jan from Days of Our Lives was an Alpha Bitch before she was raped. Afterwards, she turned crazy.
  • In Oz Beecher's rape at the hands of Schillinger definitely didn't do any favors for his mental health.
  • "Revenge", the very first story on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, played on this idea without using the R word. A woman already recovering from a nervous breakdown is "assaulted" in her trailer. Her husband looks to avenge her by killing her assailant. One day she points the man out to her husband, and he does the deed. Then she points to another man, and another, and another.

Literature
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant has this as a major theme. Covenant rapes a girl early in his first visit to The Land, and it haunts him throughout the ensuing stories. Part of the consequences is that Lena (the girl) definitely loses it because of the rape.
  • Tender Is the Night: Nicole's sexual relationship with her father when she was a teenager (hence statutory rape) leads to her becoming schizophrenic.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • March 5, 2012
    StaleCupcakes
    I don't know if this has been done or not, but Casca from Berserk certainly qualifies.
  • March 5, 2012
    Waterlily
    Jan from Days Of Our Lives was an Alpha Bitch before she was raped. Afterwards, she turned crazy.
  • March 5, 2012
    LeighSabio
    Compare Shell Shocked Veteran (another common portrayal of PTSD)
  • March 5, 2012
    cygnavamp
    For the Perfect Blue example, you should add "....or does she?" After this scenario is shown, we hear a bell ring and a director yell "Cut!" and the movie continues into more twists and turns.
  • March 5, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
    For the rape does Mind Rape fall under this trope if so Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion counts.
  • March 5, 2012
    Vidor
    In the classic silent film The Wind, Lillian Gish, who is already being driven around the bend by the neverending titular wind, finally cracks completely when the bad guy rapes her.
  • March 5, 2012
    TrustBen
    "Revenge", the very first story on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, played on this idea without using the R word. A woman already recovering from a nervous breakdown is "assaulted" in her trailer. Her husband looks to avenge her by killing her assailant. One day she points the man out to her husband, and he does the deed. Then she points to another man, and another, and another.
  • March 6, 2012
    zarpaulus
    A Chick Tract claimed that homosexuality was caused by being raped and then possessed by demons.
  • March 6, 2012
    TooBah
    Under literature:
    • The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant has this as a major theme. Covenant rapes a girl early in his first visit to The Land, and it haunts him throughout the ensuing stories. Part of the consequences is that Lena (the girl) definitely loses it because of the rape.
  • March 6, 2012
    Antigone3
    May I suggest a No Real Life Examples tag on this one?
  • March 7, 2012
    Tomodachi
    Well, i agreed on the No Real Life examples. But there should be a other section saying this do or not is a Truth In Television? :(
  • March 9, 2012
    Omeganian
    In the second book of The Sword Of Truth series, a queen (Kahlan's sister) is left in a prison for a few days with several criminals. She is rescued right before an execution. At first, she's catatonic, then suicidal, then she seems to recover, but ends up incapable of fighting the very enemies who threw her in the prison. In the end, her land is taken, and her head is used as a Ja'La ball.
  • March 9, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    The sister of the Anti Heroine in the Dirty Harry sequel Sudden Impact becomes catatonic after the two of them are gang-raped.
  • March 9, 2012
    chicagomel
    Fan works: The CSI fanfic 'Face The Music' by Elm22. Link if you want it: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4828756/1/Face_The_Music. Granted, part of Grissom's mental affliction was the torture that went with the rape, but the rape still played a big part in the problems he struggled with.
  • March 10, 2012
    StevenT
    Lucy Barker in Sweeney Todd. The Beggar Woman who appears throughout the story turns out to be her.
    She wasn't no match for such craft, you see
    And everyone thought it so drull
    They figured she had to be daft, you see
    So all of them stood there and laughed, you see
    Poor soul, poor thing
  • March 12, 2012
    Folamh3
    • Tender Is The Night: Nicole's sexual relationship with her father when she was a teenager (hence statutory rape) leads to her becoming schizophrenic.
  • March 12, 2012
    Andygal
    Odiana from Codex Alera, although in this case it was compounded by Mind Rape from a magical Slave Collar, and the fact that her empathic abilities manifested at exactly the wrong time.

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