I’ve read a lot of submissions for publishers, and one of the things that will turn me off fast is rape in erotic romance.
Before you flame me for this, read along…
A woman has been violated, she’s lived through a nightmarish hell that some people will never, ever work through even with a team of psychologists and handfuls of Xanax. Yet for some reason I have read a lot of rape victims who suddenly morph into nymphomaniacs. Not only can they not get enough sex with this new person, but their new lover heals her!
This doesn’t only go for females. I’ve read males who are victims of rape who suddenly get kinky as hell. And hallelujah! They can’t get enough.
Unfortunately in our world, rape happens, and these victims will never, ever tell you it’s sexy or easy to ‘get over’. Rape is right up there with deep political talk and graphic war. There is a place in literature for these things, but it’s not in romance, folks. Authors should skim over harsh topics.
*Adjustment to my earlier words. I DO think hard topics should be handled, but if you’re not educated enough to handle them, you might not be able to write it with the care it deserves. Please see Saranna Dewylde’s post and my reply. I don’t know jack shit about politics so I leave that to people who do. If you don’t know about rape and the aftercare necessary, and you don’t take the time to do A LOT of research, then my suggestion is to skim over it. Thanks for reading*