Cleveland: Not a happy ending – yet
Biography / Rape / Recovery / Survival

Cleveland: Not a happy ending – yet

Raped. Strangled. Kidnapped. It was horrifying to live through. It’s horrifying to realize. It is the reason why I can’t read a news story at work without feeling like I won’t be able to breathe, and why I have to run from the room when some television show or movie wants to titillate its audience with a depiction of sexual violence. And that was just six or so hours.

Years. These women endured years — about 87,672 hours, compared to my six. Continue reading

Breathing Easier
Biography / Legal System / Politics / Rape

Breathing Easier

the Michigan legislature managed to do one thing that I found comforting and validating. They did one thing, probably in spite of themselves, that reassured me that what I endured in my past was, in fact, a crime. And for that, I’m thankful. What was this thing they did? They simply declared that strangling or smothering a person is a crime worth 10 years in prison. Continue reading