Rape. This heinous act of violence has been recorded throughout history. Generally, we view this as a man-woman experience yet more in depth reporting has expanded that dominant feature to include man-man and even woman to man, woman to woman in a broader context. In its most simplistic and fundamental form, rape is defined as any forcible-violent act upon an unwilling person who is ultimately victimized. A radical yet cogent perspective that complements physical violence upon a victim includes emotional and mental abuse. Harassment, bullying and tormenting, for example, is a form of rape. Though sex may be omitted, liken to a rape where the victim say ''no,'' so too, when the victim says ''stop'' or expresses a similar strong sentiment of discontinuation to a bully, its injurious effect is comparable to a rape victim's trauma.
While we can appreciate when a physical violation or rape can potentially in effect, result in lasting emotional and mental aftermath, so too can continuous and frequent verbal-emotional-mental torment preyed upon a victim can result in serious traumatic after effects.
Our ever-increasing awareness of post-traumatic stress doesn't bade exclusive rights to physical violations such as rapt. P.S.T.D. has found its way into the psyches of both women and men who experience non-physically violent events once or frequently in their lives.
Depression, anxiety and even psychotic features have integrated the hearts, minds and souls of victims from the aforementioned broader heinous experiences. Theories abound searching for the source, the reasons why this pervasive problem continues. One item we do hold close to the truth of the matter is that rape is a male-dominated experience. As stated earlier, it doesn't hold exclusive rights to men as perpetrators.
Humor me if I repeat a most powerful and profound sentiment spoken in a previous article. In a twist of irony, women who have predominately victimized by physical rape have been the healer throughout the ages. Healers have come from a myriad classifications including medical, emotional and spiritual.
Over time, men joined forces in the healing arts. We men learned and continue to learn. As healers continue to learn they teach formally or purely by example. The common denominator to all forms of healing is non-violence. For healing to make a positive impact upon a person's psyche, mind-body-spirit, it must derive from a loving and non-violent peaceful place. Healers, who are true to their spirit, continue to grow. That means looking within and recognizing our own inner workings. When our own need for healing is apparent, the healer can get healed if open-minded. That's the source where the inner peace, the love we seek, is found. Remember, we are all healers. The inspiration to learn and to grow continuously in a peaceful way is rooted in love. Isn't that the real message?
All the great spiritual leaders, both men and women, spoke clearly and eloquently to the subject of love. When we truly find that place within, we will not, I repeat, we will not physically-violently, emotionally-mentally rape.