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It's Not Funny    (Continued)

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I get in his face enough to make him step back.

“I said you didn't get raped yesterday,” I repeat. “Maybe you got your butt kicked, but you didn't get ‘raped.'”

“Yeah, whatever,” Calvin says, laughing ­uncomfortably.

I hear things like this every day – jokes about rape and sexual assault everywhere, in class, as I walk to my locker, in the cafeteria. Every time, I wonder how anyone can think making such a casual comparison to a violent crime is funny. Why doesn't anyone step up and say, “Hey, that happened to me, and it's not funny”?

Well, let me introduce myself. Hi, I'm 15 years old, a freshman in high school, and I was raped.

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