Hi, so I've done digging both on and off college confidential. From what I can see, most CC forums really recommend steering away from writing about potentially taboo topics, even if they could make a compelling essay. Based on the idea that it's simply not worth the risk.
I'm answering a UC essay prompt about my biggest challenge in life. I fully intend to talk about being a rape survivor. I have written very little about what happened to me, and chosen to focus the essay on the aftermath, how I learned to use art to begin to heal myself. (I am an art major). The trait I'm trying to showcase in this essay is my resilience. I would love to hear opinions on if people still think this is a terrible idea. I'd be very happy to send my first draft to some people to judge it for themselves. Please let me know.