RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil and a profoundly horrifying experience. [[MindRape It can have serious effects on the survivor's mental health]], sometimes triggering or exacerbating disorders like depression and/or leading to SanitySlippage, as can AttemptedRape. TruthInTelevision insofar as many victims of sexual assault have some form of PTSD, and their recovery is often hindered if the criminal is not brought to justice and/or they [[ThereAreNoTherapists do not feel they have the sympathy and support of others]] (close to them). That said, most victims manage to keep themselves together as they cope with the event(s) and many others regain emotional control at some stage in the recovery process -- very few people actually go mad (and stay that way) as a result of being sexually assaulted. In all cases, one thing is true, however -- the personality of the victim, and not the nature of the sexual assault(s)[[note]] Not to say it's totally irrelevant, but its importance is often overstated. While there is an 'average' reaction -- calm, deep hurt -- [[LiesDamnedLiesAndStatistics it's just an average.]] It doesn't represent any one person's reaction in particular[[/note]], determines the victim's reaction to and ability to cope with the trauma ([[NoSell or their lack thereof, for a lucky few]])[[note]]Not to say they weren't hurt by it or don't seek justice, just that they don't have mental-health problems as a result of their experiences.[[/note]].

Interestingly, the assumption that this trope is true is actually deeply unhelpful. As we said, most people take sexual assault pretty calmly -- so if most people believe that all victims of sexual assault are deeply unbalanced/driven insane by it, this means they think that anyone who ''doesn't'' have this reaction (i.e. most victims) is lying[[note]]Of course, unfortunately the other side is that a common effect of such trauma is a decision to lie and bottle it up; how many victims are truly not traumatized is difficult to measure.[[/note]].

While this isn't too great on its own, there's also the wider implications of that. If people automatically assume someone is lying if they take it calmly, then at least a few people are going to reason that they might as well not report the damned thing because no-one is going to believe them. ''This'' is bad because it means the crime and the criminal are never investigated and, in the eyes of everyone but the victim and criminal, [[KarmaHoudini the crime was never committed]]. Perhaps more importantly, the victim is also less likely to seek counselling for the trauma and this will let any lingering problems it stirs up, well, [[ShapedLikeItself linger]] and fester. In a way this can be something of a SelfFulfillingProphecy for the whole 'RapeLeadsToInsanity' thing as one would expect that lowered counselling rates would result in greater mental illness among the untreated trauma-victims.

A final problem comes back to the 'individuality' thing: there isn't a One True Path ([[TradeSnark tm]]) to recovery from trauma (of any kind) -- some people who "compartmentalise" the trauma or who dissociate from it (basically, they [often very successfully] avoid ever thinking about it) might benefit from therapy directed to help them acknowledge and therefore help diminish the pain and emotions of it, whereas others would expressly ''not'' benefit from such therapy because they have the opposite problem and ''just can't stop thinking about it''. Yet, unfortunately, there are plenty of people willing to be judgmental about, if not sexual assault itself, the "proper" way to think about and recover from it!

Compare ShellShockedVeteran (another common portrayal of PTSD), BreakTheCutie, RapeAsDrama, RapeAsBackstory.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Can be found disturbingly often in hentai. Even more horrific (when viewed from a non-sexual point of view), is that it more-often-than-not leads to a disturbing mix of DefeatMeansFriendship and StockholmSyndrome, where the [[{{Netorare}} raped individual becomes completely loyal to his/her rapist]], helping them to commit further atrocities. And this is all done for the sake of helping people masturbate.
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'': Kagerou was [[BrokenBird never very stable to begin with]], and [[spoiler:getting raped and brutally tortured by Tenzen drove her off the deep end completely]].
* In the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' 2003 animé, it was implied that Rose was raped by Amestris soldiers. She went mute after that. [[spoiler:She does eventually get better.]]
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue'': Mima begins to lose her grip on reality after she is supposedly raped for a film during her new acting career. [[MindScrew Or does she get raped?]] After this scenario is shown, we hear a bell ring and a director yell "Cut!" and the movie continues into more twists and turns.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Casca went mute and regressed to a childlike state after [[spoiler:a horrifying rape at the hands of her former commander turned demon god Femto]] during the Eclipse.
** Guts is a more mundane/less supernatural example. He UsedToBeASweetKid, but now he's a ByronicHero with some serious issues that also HatesBeingTouched. He became this way after he was raped as a kid -- exacerbated by the fact that it came about due to betrayal by his adopted father -- and it just got worse with the Eclipse where [[spoiler:he was {{forced to watch}} the above-mentioned rape in circumstances that [[MindRape all but mirrored his own traumatic childhood ordeal]]]]. Let's just say that he has all the reason in the world to want Griffith dead.
* Konuma Ryuuko of ''[[Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest Wolfen Crest]]''. She's a nymphomaniac middle-schooler with what appears to be profound psychological damage from repeated rapes in her past, which made her a nihilistic sociopath.
** Later, Haguro tries to use gang-rape on HotTeacher Aoshika to BreakTheCutie in regards to both her and Inugami. [[spoiler:It '''almost''' worked.]]
* ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'': One of the factors that made Genkaku AxCrazy was how he was raped as a teenager.
* In ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'', episode 8 shows that [[spoiler:Alois was raped by the former Lord Trancy.]] It's implied that this helped make him so AxCrazy -- he's shown to have been a little off-kilter even before the event, having joked about his entire village dying and happily looted their corpses when they actually did, but his violent tendencies and compulsive promiscuity seem to date from it.
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', rape and torture is implied to have been what made [[CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel]] so AxCrazy.
** Something of an unusual case of this trope, as the rape and torture were used more to condition the children than to break their minds. Hansel and Gretel were so crazy because raping, torturing, and killing were the only ways to avoid being raped, tortured, and killed. In a horrifying (but textbook) example of operant conditioning, the constant negative reinforcement led directly to their psychotic behavior. The truly horrifying thing is that this is the natural human response.
** Subverted with Revy. Rape didn't make her crazy, but turned her from an optimistic, religious child to a [[BrokenBird spiteful]], gun-crazy, [[FaithHeelTurn God-hating]], [[HiredGun gun-for-hire.]]
* In ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'', Suzu becomes AxCrazy and a DepravedHomosexual after an old man rapes him.
* Legato Bluesummers from the ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' manga is shown to have been raped (possibly numerous times) by the town mayor, or something like a mayor. As you might guess, he's now quite AxCrazy.
* [[spoiler:[[BrokenBird Tsubaki Kasugano - The 6th]]]] of ''Manga/MiraiNikki''. [[spoiler:She was kept as a mix of SexSlave and puppet leader by a ReligionOfEvil.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', [[spoiler:Alucard, aka Vlad Tepes Dracul of Wallachia]] was sexually abused as a child during his time spent as a political hostage for his father under the Ottoman Empire by the sultan. Currently, he's clearly off his rocker.
* In ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'', [[{{Yandere}} Kotonoha's]] mental and emotional breakdown hits her fully after she's raped by [[spoiler:her StalkerWithACrush, Makoto's best friend Taisuke.]]
* In ''Manga/SakuraGari'', a big reason Souma is so messed up and a DepravedBisexual is because of all the rape and other trauma he endured in his past.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', Asuka crosses the DespairEventHorizon and ends up catatonic after her MindRape. By WordOfGod we're supposed to understand that she literally gets raped. Several dubs/scanslations have her actually say "I've been raped/violated!" and "it's raping/defiling my mind/soul!" as she's psychically tortured by the Angel.
* Much like Souma from ''Sakura Gari'' above, this is one of the reasons why Gilbert from ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' is so utterly messed up: In his youth, he suffered rape and other kinds of trauma.
** Auguste and Rosemariné (to an extent) as well, as [[spoiler:Auguste was raped by his stepbrother and Rosemariné was raped by Auguste when Rosemariné was fifteen]].
* Hinako from ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' was traumatised by [[spoiler:years of sexual abuse]] at the hands of her stepfather. This severely messed with her mental state and caused her to develop an aversion to men and HatesBeingTouched except by Daisuke. She gets better through her relationship with Daisuke.
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', both Miaka and Yui experience rape attempts and go through BreakTheCutie processes as a result. They also believe they actually got raped at some point and experience significant periods of depression and self-harm as a result.
* In ''Manga/CountCain'', Augusta went insane after giving birth to her brother's ChildByRape and had to be institutionalized. When Cain, not knowing she was his mother as well as his aunt, went to visit her in secret, she freaked out and [[DrivenToSuicide threw herself out the window]]. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:we learn that this is a subversion. While Augusta really did go insane afterwards, she had been more than willing to sleep with her brother all along.]]
* ''Manga/SensualPhrase'': In the manga, Aine's raped by a high-ranked executive who had a beef against Sakuya. Poor girl nearly splinters mentally after that.
** Zigzagged all over the place in ''Manga/HaouAiren''. [[spoiler:Reilan was driven to bitterness and insanity after she gets gangraped by the mooks of her fiancé Hakuron's rival and forced into prostitution]], and she gets so broken that [[spoiler:she invokes the trope via setting her love rival Kurumi to be gangraped in front of Hakuron himself to specifically mess with the girl's mind. Even when Kurumi is rescued, Reilan uses this as a part of a ''ThanatosGambit'' as well, so she gets broken anyway -- but by the end, she gets ''somewhat'' better.]] And also, [[spoiler:Kurumi is raped ''by Hakuron himself'' in front of a newfound friend... and ''that friend'' [[GoMadFromTheRevelation is the one who goes crazy instead]], which leads him to ultimately [[TheHeroDies shoot Hakuron dead]].]]
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'': In the manga, Jeremy is repeatedly raped and beaten by his step-father, Greg Roland, which [[spoiler:eventually drives him to tamper with Greg's car, killing him.]] For the rest of the series, Jeremy is haunted by images of Greg talking to him, leading him to become [[spoiler:a drug addict and a prostitute in an attempt to forget.]]
* ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'': [[spoiler:Sevotharte, a.k.a. Lailah]] was raped by jealous co-workers, which led to... [[TraumaCongaLine several]] [[DealWithTheDevil bits]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName of]] [[MoralEventHorizon nastiness]].
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Overlaps with [[spoiler:OrphanageOfFear ''and'' BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil]] in the case of [[spoiler:Miyo Takano]] in the manga version.
** It is implied that [[spoiler: Rena's rampage in Ibaraki was sparked by a rape attempt by the three boys she injured]], [[HatePlague but there were other]] [[ParentalAbandonment contributing factors]].
* [[spoiler:Tamura]] from ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai''. He's the most unhinged [[spoiler:of the protagonists]] and displays behaviors [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior unhealthy]] for a 13 - 15 year old. It's shown he has repressed memories of a neighbor who made him crossdress and molested him as a young child.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
** Nutcracker is a promiscuous scantily dressed ghoul who preys on men and women. She once ate a beautiful woman's face and has the standard attack of stomping on a man's genitals and sucking them up. It's implied she was sexually assaulted in the past to get money when we see her thinking "I need money" when looking up at three guys with slasher smiles.
** Tooru Mutsuki is implied to have been raped by his father after he physically abused him by holding his head under water and later [[StalkerWithACrush Torso]] as well. The first event is implied to have been the reason Mutsuki decided to live as a male and is why he finds MaleGaze to be disgusting. The second event makes him break down in tears and believe that he's cursed because of him being taken advantage of by men in his life, namely his father and Torso.
** In one scene we see Big Madam fingering Juuzou's mouth while talking about how pretty her "Rei-chan" is and then reaching down to grope his genitals beneath his dress prior to [[GroinAttack castrating him with a hammer]]. It's this implied sexual torture as well as confirmed physical that made Juuzou lose his sanity, though he gets better with [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Shinohara's influence]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' fanfic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4828756/1/Face_The_Music Face the Music]]" by Elm22. 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.
* Light in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic "Broken"
* Maka and admittedly [[spoiler:Soul]] in the ''Manga/SoulEater'' fanfiction "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6340224/1/Scars_and_Stitches Scars and Stitches]]".
* Gamzee in {{Fanfic/Hivefled}}, sort of. There are definitely other factors involved (such as the non-sexual [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil torture]] that accompanied it, building up an immunity to [[FantasticDrug sopor slime]], and highbloods tending to be a little 'off' anyway), but the rape ''really'' isn't helping things.
* Averted in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III''. Aside from having to be healed after taking a paralyzing hit to the spine, Tsukune walks away from getting raped by a [[DemonicPossession ghoul-infected Kokoa]] none the worse for the wear.
* This played with in Gensokyo20XX, with Ran and Yukari at different points. According to WordOfGod, this would be a tad downplayed, as Yukari's experiences did have an effect on psyche, as some of her then mental illness did point to that. This was later elaborated on in the ''Gensokyo Diaries'', when she placed in an asylum so she could learn how to readjust and get counseling for her trauma or, as she calls it, "mental difficulties". On the note of the Ran, this subverted initially in that she was almost raped but apparently played straight after she was raped which leave her cataleptic. Later on, played straight, it becomes apparent she is suffering [[spoiler: from a form of [[https://ohl.rainn.org/online/resources/how-long-to-recover.cfm RTS]]]]
* Some [[RecursiveFanfiction fan written sequels]] for the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fancomic called the "Financial Crisis Gang-Rape" will explore this, either with the victim (America) turning into an [[UpToEleven extreme]] StepfordSmiler, or just becoming flat out AxCrazy and taking bloody, violent revenge on his assailants.
* The first part of the FanFic/{{Ipseity}} series has Bucky sexually abused by his captors, which leads to him developing [[SplitPersonality DID]], along with a few other mental disorders among the other personalities.
* ''Very'' [[CommonMarySueTraits common]] trait of many a MarySue or (less commonly) MartyStu.

* In the classic silent film ''Film/TheWind'', Creator/LillianGish, 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 Hero}}ine in the ''DirtyHarry'' sequel ''Film/SuddenImpact'' becomes catatonic after the two of them are gang-raped.
* Subverted in ''Film/TheGeneralsDaughter''. It turns out that [[spoiler:it wasn't her brutal gang rape during military school that lead to the late Elisabeth Campbell's SanitySlippage. [[ParentalBetrayal The betrayal of her General father]], who refused to investigate the crime further because he thought they wouldn't be able to apprehend the suspects and because he allowed himself to be bought out by his own superiors, was the event that broke her mind and sent her into a downward spiral]].
* Most RapeAndRevenge films, though some victims (like the ones in ''Torched'' and ''Baise Moi'') go a bit more violently psychotic than others, their newfound bloodlust not being restricted to just their rapists.
* [[spoiler:Elizabeth Hurley's character]] in ''Film/MyFavoriteMartian''.
* Some theories about ''Film/MulhollandDrive'' argue that childhood abuse may have attributed to the heroine's high dream of becoming an actress which ultimately ended in failure and depression.
* In ''Film/LaPielQueHabito'', Norma's (near) rape left her in a traumatic state where she wouldn't even recognize her father anymore and which ultimately made her commit suicide.
* A variant in ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Judge Turpin drugged Barker's wife and raped her. Afterwards, she [[spoiler:AttemptedSuicide, which likely gave her physical brain-damage and led to her becoming a crazy derelict]]. The insanity is still causally connected to the rape, but with an extra step in between.
* ''Film/ISpitOnYourGrave'': After Jennifer is brutally gang raped it causes her to lose it and get revenge on her attackers by horrifically torturing them to death.

* Averted in ''Literature/DragonBones'': No rape victim ever becomes ax-crazy, and the fact that Ward's mother is TheOphelia is not only due to (implied) marital rape, but the overall abusiveness of her husband and her own drug abuse that resulted from it. Some people behave in a seemingly irrational way, like [[spoiler: Garranon]] who is in a relationship with a man who is responsible for the murder of his father and his own rape, but apart from such isolated coping mechanisms, the characters get to keep their sanity.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' 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.
* ''Literature/TenderIsTheNight'': Nicole's sexual relationship with her father when she was a teenager (hence statutory rape) leads to her becoming schizophrenic.
* ''{{Speak}}'': The book centers around a teenager named Melinda, who's just entered the 9[[superscript:th]] grade. She's not exactly the most popular kid in school, due almost entirely to her calling the police at a WildTeenParty last summer. After the events of said party, Melinda goes from a bright, outgoing, friendly teenager to a bitter, angry, depressed one. Her grades go down the toilet, her parents are alarmed, and Melinda can't find the words to tell anyone what really happened; eventually, she [[TheVoiceless stops speaking almost entirely]]. The plot mostly centers around Melinda's gradual decline, up until TheReveal of how she [[spoiler:was raped by Andy]], and then her gradual climb out of the hole.
* Nimue in ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' wasn't the most stable person around to begin with, but her rape at the hands of King Gundleus pushed her over the edge. When she got over the worst trauma, she was actually grateful in a way, as a great priestess must pass through three severe trials on their path to true power according to her beliefs, and the rape counted for two of them. But it doesn't prevent her from exacting revenge brutal enough to make battle-hardened warriors cringe when she gets Gundleus in her hands.
* In ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', [[spoiler:Charlie's aunt was raped as a young girl, which led to her having serious psychological issues, which is why she herself molested Charlie.]]
* Justified in ''Literature/CodexAlera'', in which Odiana was driven mad by being raped while wearing a discipline collar just as her powers as TheEmpath were coming in. Being forced to feel pleasure, both due to the discipline collar and being able to feel what her rapists were feeling broke her mind, and left her the AxCrazy PsychoForHire [[TheOphelia Ophelia]] she is today.
* In the second book of ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' series, [[spoiler:a queen (Kahlan's sister)]] is [[PrisonRape 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.
* Zarate Arkham in Daniel Gonzalezís horror novel ''Un grito en las tinieblas'' was raped by her father, causing her several psychological problems and was submitted once in a mental institution. This is a major plot in the novel.
* Nadine Cross become catatonic after being forcibly impregnated by Randall Flagg in ''Literature/TheStand''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Jan from ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' was an AlphaBitch before she was raped. Afterwards, she turned crazy.
* In ''Series/{{Oz}}'', Beecher's rape at the hands of Schillinger definitely didn't do any favors for his mental health.
** Same deal with Cyril.
** Adebisi brutally rapes the semi-conscious Schibetta at one point. As a result, Schibetta, traumatized by the rape, begins losing his mind and is transferred to the psych ward.
* "Revenge", the very first story on ''Series/AlfredHitchcockPresents'', 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. [[spoiler:Then she points to another man, and another, and another.]]
* Darcy from ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' is date raped at a party and later contracts Chlamydia. Afterword, what was originally an innocent Christian school girl quickly loses her mind and pretty much becomes a ticking time bomb of hell. She slices her wrists, nearly slices her neck (before cutting off a chunk of her hair), and even lies to the school administrators that a teacher who was trying to help her through it all had molested her, resulting in his suspension.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' (Behave) has probably the most justified version of this ever seen. The victim of the week was an ordinary woman with an ordinary job and dreams and the like until she was assaulted several years in the past by the VillainOfTheWeek. The aggressor was never caught, but she moved on, went to college, and had just about graduated when the same man found her and assaulted her again, having tracked her down using a stolen driver's license he had taken the first time he attacked her. As far as the after-assault investigation went, same result. Far more traumatized this time, she moved across the country, slowly recovered, got engaged, and was just a couple weeks away from being married... when the same man tracked her down ''again''. The stress and trauma eventually broke apart her engagement and the victim became a total recluse, working from home, having groceries delivered, not leaving her apartment more than once a month if she could possibly help it, and basically dealing with a full dose of the most High Octane ParanoiaFuel imaginable... until during the one day she absolutely had to leave her home for something work-related, the man finds her '''yet again''', this time beating her bloody in the process, which is what leads into the start of the episode. As it happens, the villain was a successful travelling executive who ''had a collection'' of these women across the country, who used their stolen [=IDs=] to track them down and assault them repeatedly until he became the first thing they think of when they wake up and the last thing they think of when they go to sleep, feeding his ego with the idea that every minute of their lives revolves around what he's done to them and what he'll eventually do again. Even for [=SVU=] villains, he is quite beyond the pale.
* Brother Justin has this effect on several young women in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''. It's implied to be at least partially due to his nature as the AntiChrist, although there are also visible bruises showing that physical abuse is also part of it.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "A Stitch in Time", where a woman is raped/assaulted as a teen and grows up to be a mentally-unbalanced scientist who builds a time machine and uses it to go back and execute serial killers before they target anyone. Her ensuing RippleProofMemory does not help with her ongoing mental stability.

* In the ''ThreeDaysGrace'' music video "Never Too Late", a woman is almost driven to suicide (she works through her issues, though), and we learn that she became that way as a result of possible physical and sexual abuse at the hands of a man in a striped sweater.

* In ''AStreetcarNamedDesire'', Blanche's descent into insanity becomes especially evident after [[spoiler:Stanley rapes her]].

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