I keep seeing this one around, and even though I’ve dealt with it generally before, I’m going to break it down for those who can’t see. There is this assertion that Sookie’s rape – the trunk scene with Bill – is not dealt with in the text, and that CH glosses over it. Usually it’s said by people who haven’t been victims, or occasionally one lone rape victim/survivor.
One of the things that bothers me about the complaints about this in the CH books, is that last season of True Blood lots of people were “bored” by how long the whole Tara being raped and terrorised by Franklin Mott thing and her resulting trauma. I thought that the what ¿week? Tara was upset about it was reasonable, but apparently that’s “boring” and “too long”. I heard lots of complaints about it – and no praise – she “whined” about it too long apparently. Conversely, Sookie catches it in the neck for not mentioning it enough. It seems to me that whatever a woman does is wrong – which must surely be a comfort to rape victims everywhere. Nothing they ever do is right. Good to know. So I don’t harbour any hope that this post will mean people will complain less about Sookie (or Tara). But at least I’ve put it out there.
Rarely do I see rape victims (and I use victim in my work, so I don’t switch to survivor, which is much debated anyway) have one cohesive experience. In my personal life, I’ve known, off the top of my head eight female victims, and three male victims – all of whom have spoken to me personally about their experience – of their own volition (because it’s bad to force victims to do it your way – and hence why I’ve probably heard more about it that your average person because other people try to force victims to comply to “rules” and judge them). Possibly, I know more, but it doesn’t come up in conversation as a rule. I also have the benefit of much research into a great pool of victims – including case studies.
Firstly, I’d like to point out that CH herself is a rape victim.