I think we may be seeing 18th century thinking at work here. Jamie can rationalize the seriousness of his own injuries versus Brianna's because they went beyond rape. But as you indicate there is always physical and certainly emotional damage as the result of rape, at least that's how it's viewed in the 21st century. Perhaps Jamie was more aggrieved than a typical 18th century man? It is one thing to beat up a man with your fists, something else to sell him into slavery.repoman wrote:Jamie was more abused than "just" raped as we know from reading about it while "visiting" his cell as well as his recollection later. Among other things, his hand was cruelly broken, and BJR tried his best to break Jamie psychologically. Given his extreme abuse, I wouldn't want to compare Jamie's experience to any other tragedy.
However, I do agree that I cannot imagine any rape victim not experiencing both physical and emotional injury that would require extensive healing. My feeling is that comparing one tragedy to another is not productive. Jamie may have been well intentioned in rationalizing minimal damage to Brianna. Maybe he was using 18th C attitudes. IMHO, Jamie was totally wrong.
It might be noted that Jamie took on the responsibility of punishing Roger himself and did not consider letting the (imperfect) legal system address the issue. Jamie is something of a law unto himself, living on the frontier as he did.