Why do I keep seeing posts about Jason having been sexually assaulted in canon? Is that true? Thank you!
Well firstly, Jason having been sexually assaulted isn’t exactly canon, per se, but it is highly speculated by a lot of fans including myself. We think that Jason may have been a child prostitute after his mom died and he had to fend for himself alone on the harsh streets of Gotham. He had no way to get money besides stealing and stuff like that, so it’s possible he may have resorted to prostituting himself just so he’ll have enough money to keep himself fed and alive.
A major reason for this is that one thing Jason is really serious about is rape. It’s one of the only kinds of crimes where he’ll kill the rapist in a second without remorse. There’s nothing Jason hates more than abuse or sexual violence. His first (debatable) kill was of a man who raped a woman and was going to get away with it, so Jason (supposedly) pushed him off a building and let him fall to his death. And when he was with Talia after being resurrected, one of his trainers turned out to be a child trafficker, and Jason killed him and didn’t even feel guilty when Talia asked about it, saying that he’s didn’t murder a man, he “put this lizard down.” It’s not too crazy to suspect that maybe the reason he’s so passionate about making rapists and abusers pay is because he himself has been on the receiving end of it and wants to keep it from happening to others.
There have also been hints in a few comics that support this. A pretty good example of this being hinted at is in Battle for the Cowl when Dick showed Jason the message Bruce left for him from beyond the grave:
See how vague Bruce was about what exactly that “secret” was? It hasn’t been further explained what Bruce was talking about during this scene, but because of how bad he makes it seem and how he wants Jason to see a professional to deal with the trauma, it does seem probable that he’s talking about Jason having been a prostitue as a child. And judging by Jason’s reaction, it’s certainly something that’s deeply affected him even as an adult, which just proves it more.
Then there’s this conversation with Mia Dearden, AKA Speedy:
If you don’t already know, before Mia was a superhero, she was a prostitute and eventually tested positive for HIV. So when Jason says he’s a lot like her and that’s he’s done “bad things to get by,” it’s not too hard to connect the dots and figure out what he’s hinting at.
So yeah, it’s never been explicitly stated that Jason had been sexually assaulted as a child, but judging by all the hints to it, I’m pretty sure that’s what the writers were getting at.