A man raped me seven years ago.

I was left traumatized and suicidal and with a complex linguistic decision: What should I call myself?

For a long time, I avoided using the terms rape "victim" or "survivor." I simply said, "I was raped" or "a man raped me." But the experience of being raped forced its way into my identity, not just my history.

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The tear-jerking open letter Joe Biden wrote to the Stanford rape survivor.

"I do not know your name — but your words are forever seared on my soul."

Vice President Joe Biden penned a heartfelt letter to the victim of the Stanford rape case — a story that has left the country stunned, outraged, and heartbroken.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

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