Lili Loofbourow is a staff writer at Slate. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2019, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The New York Times Magazine. She is working on a book of essays. (March 2020)
Crimes have a tendency to become not just stories but genres, once we get too accustomed to them. As more and more stories of sexual assault have been made public in the last two years, the genre of their telling has exploded.