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      This “article” is absolute nonsense. The writer’s comprehension of what the episode was about is so clearly lacking that I’m not even mad, I’m just…really? The episode is about justice, lack thereof, its many shades and consequences in today’s like-obsessed society.  Mary aches for justice, the system denied her so she seeks it elsewhere; Lilly is fighting injustice, the media failed her, she tries to make herself heard with her own death but no one cares or knows why she did it; Will commits himself to justice, endures, but someone had to die for him to actually get it; Sloan and Mac fight against the stalker-society and seemingly find some justice, but the aftermath was brutal and permanent. It was not about woman-hating or devaluing sexual assault stories.  As a survivor of campus rape (I use “campus” as a description to help with context, not categorize rape), I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I was for this honest portrayal of the many, many conversations I had to have over the years. People need to see the struggle survivors (women and men) face in trying to be heard and find justice. It’s a seemingly insurmountable feat filled with obstacles I can’t begin to describe here.  When Mary says that she’s terrified every single day and just wants her attacker and other attackers to know that fear, my God, do I understand that. I faced cruel retaliation and I am forever changed from that experience. However, I also understand that what we should strive for is real, lasting justice. Which is why I think Don’s conversation and POV was important to hear. In the end, he tells Charlie he didn’t find her because he’s trying to prevent her from becoming a sideshow in the ACN circus. It wasn’t his choice to make but it’s important that he did, so we can talk about it.  A newsroom is not an actual courtroom (just fyi). Still, it should be the victim’s choice if he or she wants to give the 24-hour news “dealers” more fodder to comment on. If they want to be the media’s tweets, twends and twaffic-generators, they should be. But, in my opinion, they should know what they’re getting into. Victims are paraded around, bullied and discarded by the media. The public will follow (we are “followers,” right?). It probably feels good and validating for a moment, then when there’s a crack in the story, they “misplaced” their trust in you. Or simply, a more scandalous story popped up that will generate more views or reaction vids. This is a longer conversation for another comment section, I suppose.  My point is, it’s unfortunate and down right fucking wrong that victims’ options are broken “justice” systems on and off-campus, a system thriving on likes, views, followers and stickers ([WTF] [FAIL] [YAAS]), or soul-crushing silence. It is my opinion, based on my experience and working with other survivors, that these options mean many victims stay victims, some will survive, and only few will actually thrive. The assault lasts much, much longer than the incident. That’s what we should be talking about and that is what I believe the episode was talking about.  Lastly, to Mary’s point about the “pamphlets” - I’m sick and fucking tired of people and institutions teaching me “how to not get raped”. Let’s instead teach people not to rape, shall we?  There was so much to comment on in this episode. With so many interesting points and counterpoints about society as a whole, I’m bummed that this BF post totally blew it. (Unless this is a reverse psychology thing to see how readers will react to absolute insanity? I’m a hopeful human.) PS - the dude in the cell with Will WAS HIS DEAD ABUSIVE DAD (i.e., not actually there). Will battled demons past and present in his commitment to justice, only to miss the last few minutes of his real father figure’s life, who probably died because Will wasn’t there to help mitigate the madness at ACN. Justice can be a sociopath, amirite?  TL;DR This article is is the definition of “nothing to see here”…unless you’re curious.

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