Is it too late to put a “trigger warning” on this story?*

I hope I don’t need to spell this out, but just in case: I’m not presenting this as a how-to manual, or setting it up as a role model to emulate. I’m just another fucked up individual who’s done things he shouldn’t have, and the Tales that I tell reflect that.

*If you’re unfamiliar with the concept: A trigger warning is a notice intended to alert survivors of traumatic events – such as sexual assault – that a story or essay or news article relates similar events, which can trigger memories of their event. I’m a bit conflicted about them. I’m sympathetic, but I’m concerned that they can be censorship triggers too, and they can rob a story of its dramatic impact by telling people what’s going to happen.