Trigger Warning: Mention of rape/response to victim blaming~
First of all, I would like to inform you of a thing called Rape by Deception/Rape by Fraud. For example, if a person consents to have sex with one person (aka Vivien consenting to have sex with her husband), but that person has been tricked by their partner and they are, in fact, not who the victim believes (aka Tate having sex with Vivien under false pretenses and having her believe it was Ben), it is rape.
Blaming Vivien for this, because “Oh, she should have known better.” or “She wanted sex.” is called victim-blaming and is very prominent in rape culture. Vivien is the victim.
Do you know what causes rape? Rapists. Not victims.
Please understand this.
In simple terms: Yes, Vivien consented to sex. She did not consent to sex with Tate. Sex with Tate was not consensual, therefore it is rape.
The FBI is actually changing the old definition of rape. It is now defined as, “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Tate did not have consent. Ben did. But Ben wasn’t there. Tate did not have consent, therefore it is rape.
Also, not every single case of rape or assault is going to include violence (hitting, yelling, screaming), by the way. This is one of the biggest arguments I see on the AHS tag —there wasn’t a fight scene, so therefore he didn’t actually do anything bad. Just in case you didn’t know, there are some cases where victims are too terrified to say no or struggle. There are some cases when the victim isn’t even conscious. Are those people to be blamed, as well? No, of course not.
Vivien was a victim. Vivien was violated and lied to. You might not like her as a character, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that she was used by someone she did not consent to.