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This situation has been perfectly illustrated by the orc rape storyline that underlines the Battle for Barthis arc. After a quick back and forth ranting, the guy who did the dong jamming eventually explains himself, Deegan understands him, and that becomes IT. Rape becomes justified, trivialized, and defended tirelessly by Dominic against all detractors, who are either evil or influenced by evil forces
The orc rape storyline? The one that wasn't a storyline but part of a larger storyline? The one that not only showed a child being raped, but another child being FORCED to do the raping, in affect being forced to be raped themselves? Children being forced to have sex under threat of death to one of them? WHO THE HELL does this reviewer think he is trivializing child molestation by calling it RAPE. By saying its ALL THE BOYS FAULT for daring to stand up for someone, only to learn that, oh wait, the orcs he's dealing with are cruel dicks who FORCE HIM, under threat of death to the person he's trying to save, to have sex with her. Do you say that child molestors who force one child to be with another are innocent of the crime because they didn't touch the kids, they only threatened them? Is it really the boys fault because he has the penis?
The fact of the matter is, that storyline very clearly showed not only a young man doing something heinous, but being forced to do it because, if not, she was going to be killed. I've seen this issue in several reviews, but here I can call you out on it. It wasn't RAPE. It was one child being forced to have sex with another by ADULTS because thats their way. It was child molestation. Under the threat of HER death, he was forced to do something he didn't want to do. And worse, he was to take the blame for it in the comic.
And was it handled properly? I don't know. I'm not sure I can judge that since I've never dealt with the issue. It seems like BOTH SIDES still feel sick about it to the very end, and have issues because of it. But instead of letting it weigh them down, they try and use it as motivation to become better, to even make sure it never happens again in the future. I think the comic would have been served better by pointing this out itself, but the truth is, it didn't need to defend itself. It was dealing with PEOPLE, people who are not perfect, people who take blame onto themselves and people who blame those that hurt them rather then those that caused the pain to happen. If anything, its the closest thing I've seen to a story like this being done properly and handled maturely. And you call it rape.
So yeah. You can say what you want about the comic. But when you trivialize child molestation by calling it the rape of the girl rather then acknowledging the pain both had to go through because the adults, the warriors, the people in charge made them do it you're wrong. Just because he was the one with the penis doesn't make him a rapist. He might have been a moron, but not that. Not only that, Dominic does not defend it. He defends his friend, tries to say he's good, but he never once says 'he did the right thing when he did what he did'. So all of that statement up there is wrong and I'm challenging it.
Last Edited By: Arillius Jul 1 14 10:57 PM. Edited 3 times