We have two rapes, victims of each gender, under very different circumstances. *SPOILERS*
Rapist: Rachel (clone)
Victim: Paul (Rachel’s newly promoted monitor)
Rachel forced Paul into becoming her monitor. Although she grew up as the only self-aware subject in the cloning project, she still requires someone to monitor her mental and physical health. (I’m pretty sure her cold and unfeeling mental state is as warped as Helena’s despite apparently growing up in loving nuclear family.)
Crazy and homicidal clone Helena claimed Paul was being unfaithful while watching his rape down the scope of a sniper rifle, when in fact he had no choice. Be raped or die, were his choices. He chose life. I would hope Sarah would understand his situation. There was little time in this episode for her to acknowledge his position as she made a tearful speech to talk Helena out of shooting Rachel (“Rachel is problem. I fix problem.”) while she was raping Paul, though Sarah knows he was blackmailed into working for Dyad in the first place, as Beth’s monitor. So perhaps this rant is premature.
Rapist: Henrik (cult leader)
Victim: Helena (clone)
I also find it a little strange that Helena herself didn’t appear to understand Paul’s position since in the prior episode she was also raped using that long metal prod to remove her egg, which was then fertilised, and should she ever be recaptured by her religious cult rapists, will be impregnated with the resulting embryo. If not, her child will be carried by Henrik’s own daughter (whose lips he sewed shut when she wouldn’t confess to attempting to murder Helena). On the other hand, considering Helena’s never-ending abuse by a succession of men, I can’t blame her for her lack of empathy for the possessors of Y-chromosomes.
However, I am disappointed that most reviewers of these episodes did not construe Paul’s nor Helena’s encounters as rape.
I’m hoping the show has the characters explicitly labelling these events by actually uttering the word ‘rape’ to dispel confusion by calling a spade a spade.