As a survivor of sexual assault, I would like to add to the ongoing conversation about appropriate justice for victims and perpetrators of sexual assault.
The key to healthy relationships is consent. Mutual, informed, educated, aware, mutually empowered, freely given, consent.
The key to appropriate consent is communication. Exchanging information. Honoring needs and expectations. Respecting each other and the social and other relationships we have.
Absent actual communication and full consent, unhealthy power dynamics and inappropriate expectations can deeply damage the relationship and traumatize its participants.