WriterGirl2015 on Aug 10th 2016 at 11:39:04 AM
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Pichu-kun on Nov 21st 2017 at 2:39:05 AM
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A promiscuous character is revealed to have Rape As Back Story. In fiction, being raped or manipulated into sex often causes a previously sexually innocent or moderate character to become very promiscuous. In reality, survivors of sexual abuse cope in a multitude of ways. While sexual promiscuity is not uncommon in sexual abuse survivors, the presence of promiscuous behavior does not automatically mean the person was abused in the past.
Movies and television shows commonly rely on Rape As Back Story as a method of deepening Character Development, particularly for female characters, implying a straight line between rape and promiscuity with no room for deviation. In fictional works, being forcibly exposed to sex is equivalent to being injected with heroin: an addiction is the likeliest outcome. This may stem from a variety of reasons ranging from the abused desiring to lose themselves in the pleasurable sensations of sexual intercourse to being hypersexual in order to punish themselves for no longer being "pure." Victims of this trope do not make the connection between what happened to them and their present day behavior. They may find themselves interacting with others as though sex will automatically lead to love, comfort, or acceptance or that abuse in a relationship is acceptable or a sign of love.
This is often applied to characters who were very innocent or naive, possibly even children, when they were raped. May overlap with Rape and Switch, where being raped causes a character to "become" gay. May be revealed via Troubled Backstory Flashback.
Anime and Manga
- Black Butler II
- Episode 8 shows that Alois was raped by the former Lord Trancy. It's implied that this led to him being Ax-Crazy and promiscuous - 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 stem from it.
- Notably, this happened in the second season, but fits in with the course of Alois' whole life. After his little brother and entire village are killed, this already slightly-off boy (who laughed cheerfully as he robbed the dead) begins living as a true street rat in the city. Understanding the inherent risks for homeless youth, and seeing his reactions to things later on, it's sadly unsurprising to discover that this young boy engaged in solicitation for food or shelter before his age even hit double digits. Jim is only around 11 when he goes to Earl Trancy's manor. There, he is living with a bunch of boys in the same dire straits, being bathed and treated like cattle, all while being a sex slave to an old man. At the age of 11. It's clear even at that young age he is not a virgin, as he dolls up and puts on a beautiful red robe, seducing the old man with obvious expertise until the guy's kissing his feet.
- In Gravitation, Yuki revealed he was raped when he was younger, leading to his preference for multiple partners male and female, as well as triggering his depression.
- Saezuru Tori Wa Habatakanai: Yashiro was raped by his stepfather when he was young, leading to promiscuity (as early as middle school) and the development of his sado-masochistic sexual preferences.
- Tamura from Bokura no Hentai was abused as a child by an older neighbor. He repressed the memories until he lost his virginity. Tamura ends up becoming promiscuous, often trying to have sex with adult men and other male-assigned-at-birth members of the cast (including trans girl Marika). Even as an adult, he engages in strings of one-night stands and flings despite finding them unfulfilling. The abuse also spured him into being a Crossdresser, as his neighbor would dress him up like a girl.
- In Kaze to Ki no Uta, Gilbert throws himself at pretty much any man and uses sex as a tool of manipulation after a childhood full of sexual abuse. It's shown that he has sex in an attempt to make an emotional connection with his sexual partner, despite not enjoying the act itself.
- MW: 9-year-old Yuki was raped by 16-year-old Garai, and grew up to be a Depraved Bisexual Serial Killer who uses sex to manipulate and trap both men and women.
- In Black Snake Moan, the protagonist is an attractive young woman (portrayed by Christina Ricci), who was sexually-abused by her stepfather and became a hypersexual, feeling an overwhelming urge to just have something put inside her body no matter where or how. The focus of the plot is her kind-napping by Samuel L Jackson's character and how he tries to cure her by making her go cold turkey.
- Jenny Curran from Forrest Gump, who is heavily implied to have been sexually abused by her father, grows up to become very promiscuous and has sex with a long series of men.
- In the film Mysterious Skin, Neil is the eight-year-old son of a single mother and is just beginning to explore his homosexual orientation. His mother wants him to have a positive male role model so she signs him up for Little League. There he and another boy are sexually molested by the coach, forced to perform sex acts on the coach and each other. With no platonic male role models to compare the behavior to, Neil views the abuse as love and develops a preference for bearish, middle aged men. Around age 15, Neil begins prostituting, willing to sleep with anyone. This lasts for three years until he is solicited by a man dying of AIDS who simply wants the touch of another person (which he has been lacking due to the hysteria around AIDS).
- In the film Shame, it is heavily implied that both Brandon and Sissy experienced some type of childhood sexual abuse that triggered their current behavior. Brandon has a profound sexual addiction that leads him to masturbate compulsively, view massive amounts of pornography, frequent prostitutes, and sleep with any woman who is willing (or men if women are unavailable). Sissy has unchecked codependency issues and sleeps with any man who shows her affection. It is lightly hinted that she and Brandon may have acted on their urges with each other at some point.
- Sam of The Perks of Being a Wallflower was molested by a family friend when she was young. Later, she exhibits promiscuous behavior as a high school freshman.
- Protagonist Don Draper of Mad Men. When he was about 13, he lived in a brothel. It's established that he's sexually naive and the environment is very confusing for him. When Don falls ill with a high fever, one of the prostitutes nurses him, showing a compassionate maternal side Don was unused to. When his fever breaks, however, the prostitute switches from maternal to predatory. She asks Don if he wants to have sex, ridiculing his lack of experience, but Don explicitly says no. She teases him about his visible sexual arousal and fondles his genitals despite his request to be left alone. Later on, during an argument with Don's Uncle Mack, she brags about "popping that boy's cherry" . When Don's stepmother hears this, she violently beats him and calls him derogatory names. This mixture of sexual stimulus, shame, fear, and violence is implied to be the source of Don's present day promiscuity.
- Tig Trager from Sons of Anarchy is so sexually promiscuous and deviant that multiple members of the otherwise super macho motorcycle club have stopped and asked if he was molested as a child. It's asked partially in jest, but comes up whenever Tig's predilection veers into necrophilia, bestiality, and other taboo areas. In Season 6, during a joking trade of insults about families, Tig says that his old man used to rape him. Tig says it as a joke and the others laugh, but in light of how his sexuality is portrayed throughout the series, it leaves the viewer wondering if Tig is taking Refuge in Audacity.
- Princess Kwenthrith of Vikings often seems intent on sleeping with any man around, and casually but angrily reveals that her uncle and cousin started taking of advantage of her when she was still a young girl.
- In A Dance with Rogues, this can happen to the Princess, the Player Character, after she is raped in the prologue. While it's up to the player whether she develops a Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality, becomes hyper-promiscuous, or anything in between, the game plot is rife with situations where Sex for Services is the most effective option to get through—and other characters will call the Princess out on it if she takes it.
- In ''Dark Elf Historia", if Fraylia loses any one of the major boss battles, she is raped, and thereafter becomes vulnerable to "H-Attacks" from enemies. Losing her virginity also unlocks new quests that entail prostitution or stripping.
- In Dragon Age II, Isabela was sold to an abusive husband as a teenager, who is implied to have lent her out to his friends for sex. It's only after he died and she ran away to become a pirate that she became a Lovable Sex Maniac.
- In Looters Of Dystopia, if Hatsuki loses the first major boss battle, she is raped, and thereafter she is assigned a number of Honey Trap missions, which leads to her becoming increasingly promiscuous.
- In Bojack Horseman, this is heavily implied to be the case with Sarah Lynn, along with having some sort of Electra Complex. She frequently engages in casual sex with various men, up to and including Bojack Horseman himself (he's her significantly older colleague who played the role of her father back when they were actors on a TV sitcom). She casually mentions that she knows what bear fur tastes like (because her stepfather was a bear-man), implying that she was sexually molested by him.
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