A Simple Acknowledgement

Sometimes it's a simple, passing acknowledgement, the way you get a familiar feeling when you see a car in the street that's the same kind your mum used to drive when you were a kid. You note that moment of recognition and move on. But sometimes, when the story or the face is so much like yours, or it's a case that so consumes the news agenda and the office small-talk that your world for days becomes entirely about that event, your response can be more than that.

This is what rape survivors and their allies talk about when they refer to being triggered.