It is, of course, a most sensitive subject: for most people the idea of a forcible sexual act against a man, woman or child is abhorrent and stories of rape understandably create an emotional reaction, more than most subjects.
Rape is all about power and control, and about dishonour; it is about cruelty and it is the ultimate in selfishness. It turns what can be the highest expression of love into pain and humiliation, and indeed it is the antithesis of love. It is an expression of the shadow in man rather than the light, and while for victim and perpetrator there may be karmic and life learnings in the experience, rape can never be justified.
“Legitimate rape” is an unfortunate and presumably unintended expression used by Todd Akin to describe sexual rape as defined by law, but rape in its broadest sense of violation and abuse occurs beyond the law as well as within it. One of our most important human lessons is about encouraging and enabling the special gifts of talent and personality we each have, in a spirit of compassion, acceptance and respect: anyone who denies us this opportunity to evolve is guilty of rape, whether it is through sexual violation, domestic violence or bullying.
Abuse comes in many forms, and mental and emotional abuse can be as hard to experience as sexual abuse, and it can be just as damaging. All abuse to the individual is abuse to the soul – but from it can come growth and wisdom and a new empowerment, albeit through harsh learning.]]>