Rape

Rape

isn’t always dark alleys
and whistles 
and pepper spray.
It isn’t always
a stranger,
they don’t always 
look dangerous.
Whether it is 
your boyfriend
or your teacher
or your uncle,
they are no longer on your side.
This is your attacker.
Do not be silent.
Do not be afraid to make a scene.
Whether it is a movie theatre
or a street corner
or your bedroom,
yell,
scream,
curse,
bite,
spit,
let no resonate from your lungs
so they cannot say they didn’t hear you.
Send him home,
tell your parents,
tell your friends,
tell the police.
Rape
is not always
drunk men outside bars
or keys clenched between white knuckles.
Sometimes rape is silent.
Do not be silenced.

Hellowpoetry.com

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