Amy Schumer Reveals She Was Raped
But lots of media outlets aren't calling it that
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2016 1:55 PM CDT
In this Nov. 15, 2015 file photo, Amy Schumer attends the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Award Show held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – In a new cover interview with Marie Claire, Amy Schumer reveals that she was raped when she was younger. "My first sexual experience was not a good one," she says. "I didn't think about it until I started reading my journal again. When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, And then I looked down and realized he was inside of me. He was saying, 'I'm so sorry' and 'I can't believe I did this.'" Later in the interview, per the Huffington Post, she said, "This was 17 years ago. There are just so many factors," and then added, "I had another time with a boyfriend where I was saying, ‘No, stop,’ and it was just completely ignored."

Though Schumer did discuss "rape survivors" in the interview, she apparently didn't use the term "rape" specifically about herself—and neither did a lot of media outlets. Salon's headline: "Amy Schumer reveals her first sexual experience was not consensual." New York magazine's headline: "Amy Schumer Opens Up About Losing Her Virginity Without Consent." The New York Daily News: "Amy Schumer says she wasn't ready to lose her virginity." Refinery29: "Amy Schumer Reveals That Losing Her Virginity Was Non-Consensual." Elite Daily: "Amy Schumer Reveals the Upsetting Way She Lost Her Virginity." Mediaite calls the phenomenon "stunning," noting, "That timidity is, as our friends at Salon might say, 'problematic,' because it sends the message that maybe there are kinds of rape that aren’t as rapey as other kinds, or that a 'sexual experience without consent' is a thing other than rape. It isn’t."
 

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