I'm in the process of planning a novel that revolves around rape, sex, purity and God. I don't know what the protocol is with raising such sensitive subjects - if even reading this is affecting you, or if anyone who's been through this is reading and it's not helping you, just stop reading, it's okay. Here's a brief outline of the story: - My heroine is a Christian brought up in the protestant evangelical "purity/modesty" culture. - She is raped by a man she knows, and then her boyfriend blames her. Eventually the police gets involved and the rapist is caught, put on trial, and found to be not guilty. - Later my heroine marries a man who loves her dearly. My heroine goes ahead with having sex with her boyfriend, who later becomes her husband, but throughout this point I will insert flashback of the rape scene. How she regards sex here is of course very important. - Eventually she gets pregnant and then miscarries. She begins to refuse sex all over again. - Eventually she recovers and finds healing, and I will finish the book with her actually initiating sex with her husband, and trying to have a baby once more. As you can see, the experience of rape, and how she deals with it, and how the people around her deal with it, their reaction towards her - they're of paramount importance. In this novel, I want to reveal the horror involved, the sheer extent to which victims are never avenged and how society even blames the victims, and a critique on the purity culture of the church. I absolutely need to present this realistically, and I do not want to make light of anyone who's experienced such trauma. So if anyone has any information on the psychological trauma and/or legal proceedings of arresting and trying a suspect, or even experience of this subject, please reply either here or via PM. Please, if you are a victim of rape, indicate if you're happy for me to contact you with any further questions. I would especially appreciate victims of rape to reply, to be honest, but I absolutely understand that that might not be possible or appropriate.