This came at just the right time. I’ve written the first two chapters of my story and I’ve paused on delving into the “weeds” of the rest… well, because of the shame I’ve carried… going back on forth with whether it was consensual. Your words have allowed me to very, very clearly see it wasn’t, but perhaps the first indicator should’ve been the age difference — when you’re dealing with a 14 year old and a 19 year old, not only is that actually, legally, considered rape, but there’s no way the 14 year old is developed enough to be able to understand what she is getting into… with a college student.
Anyway, Gillian, not only do I want to thank you, but I’d like to request to use a line or two from your story in my own, crediting you, of course. When a writer finds their voice through the help from another writer, I think it’s valuable to make that known.