Acts of sexual violence occur on a spectrum, experts say. A 2018 survey found 81% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime, and research shows workplace sexual harassment is widespread. On one end may be a serial predator accused of rape, on the other a male boss making sexually suggestive comments. All behaviors along the continuum are harmful, and the amount of trauma someone feels isn't determined solely by where the violent act they experienced sits on a spectrum.
"Republicans don't have fewer abortions than Democrats or liberals or anarchists or communists. It's that our political rhetoric paints people who have abortions as largely the same — poor women, young women, irresponsible women, women who hate children," said Amanda Reyes, president of the Yellowhammer Fund, which provides funding for women seeking care at any of Alabama's three abortion clinics.