|Issues involved in attempted rape
||[Mar. 18th, 2006|10:05 pm]
I have a character that I've been working with for quite a while, and I think I've written myself into a corner.
She's a transgender woman working as a police officer in 1870's Tokyo. (Yes, I do realize that she's one big anachronism, but I don't let it bother me.) She has a whole host of issues, including her obsession with strength, and the fairly recent death of her master, whom she was madly in love with. Another one is these issues is a period of time when she was twelve years old. Her parents were killed (there was a war going on), and she was forced to flee for her life. She hid in a forest, where, not surprisingly, she ran into bandits. She was nearly raped several times, and the first time was a very close call. She managed to kill her attackers, as she had some martial art training, but the scars are there all the same.
It wasn't until later that I realized that I don't know the specific issues that come from attempted rape. I imagine they would slightly differ from full blown sexual assault, but I'm smart enough to realize that there would a lot of trauma, I'm just not certain how it would specifically play out. I also realize that everyone will react differently, but any help would be good.
Thank you for any help you can give me, and I sincerely apologize if there's anything wrong with this post.