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  •  I understand about the word usage (3+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother, TiaRachel, qofdisks

    I had panic disorder for a number of years and I can sometimes be overly sensitive to a comment like "The door bell rang while I was fixing my hair and I panicked."

    That's not panic.

    But panic--for me--was an explosion that came out of a certain level of anxiety that was always there even when I wasn't actually having an episode.

    The violent violation of physical Rape occurs in a climate that is already bubbling over with everyday misogyny.  That's the rape culture.

    We could probably use some new words. I wish we didn't have the reality.

    •  I believe yours is a perfectly reasonable response (2+ / 0-)
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      TiaRachel, qofdisks

      to a totally unacceptable experience[s] and reality.

      When people hurt a person that way, it changes the survivor forever.

      Some people think that it makes survivors "paranoid", but paranoia is an unreasonable fear of an improbable outcome.

      Surviving sexual violence means that we are fearful of an outcome that could happen again. Our fear is of something that has already happened. And for some of us, something that has happened more than once.

      That precludes the idea of an unreasonable fear, a phobia or paranoia.

      But that also seems to be the line in the reality, between those who have been through this and those who have not.

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