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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In Shadow
Biography / Coping / Rape / Survival

In Shadow

I’m haunted by something that happened years ago. In fact, several things that happened many years ago. I am the survivor of a violent rape and a less violent, but still upsetting, sexual assault. And years ago, when I was no more than 10, something happened that has left me with fuzzy memories and remembrances of things that just aren’t right. Continue reading