One sunny day, Persephone and her friends were playing in the fields of Eleusis, picking wild flowers. As Persephone reached down to pluck one of the beautiful blossoms, the Earth suddenly opened up beneath her feet, and Hades rode forth, in his golden chariot, and seized her, before any warning could be sounded. Persephone actually did cry out for help, before she vanished, but only two mortals heard her cries.
So opens the tale of the abduction and rape of Persephone. Mere mortals, it seems, cannot intervene if the gods want their way. And 2 millennia later, abduction and rape are still the rage. Gang rape especially is getting lots of attention these days, from India to Ohio to Texas. The more the merrier, it seems, and the more matter-of-fact.
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