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The fact that some writers use it to cheap effect for drama is not thought of highly.
and (b) shouldn't such a traumatic event have had some effect on the character?
"A popular way to establish a character as having a motivation for their depression, angst, distrust of others, and other anti-social tendencies is to have the revelation that he or she was raped at some point in his or her past.
What better justification could your Sympathetic Sue have for her boundless angst than having been raped in her past?
If given almost no weight to the story, then it's been handled very badly.