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

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Medical Exams After Sexual Assault: What you need, and what you need to know
Rape / Recovery / Volunteering

Medical Exams After Sexual Assault: What you need, and what you need to know

Though I have been sexually assaulted three times, I have never reported the attack or sought medical treatment. The first time, I was too young to know what had happened. The second, there was no penetration and I just wanted to forget about it. And the third, I thought I had to go to the police first, and I didn’t want to go to the police because I felt sure I would be blamed for what had happened.
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