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  •  I have already been raped and beaten in my home (4+ / 0-)
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    and it is never, ever going to happen again. After leaving, the rapist tried to break back into my home to kill me. Even in an urban area, it took over ten minutes for the sheriff to arrive while the rapist was actively trying to break in. I knew who it was - he lived across the street - and had him tried and convicted. He was in jail for a year and a half, that's all, but he stalked me in my home after I moved, every single day for seven months, up until the hearing. I still get screaming nightmares 26 years afterward. There are places on my body where no one except Charles is allowed to touch me because of PTSD, and it took a long time before I could let even him touch me there, One of them is the back of my head, because the rapist dragged me across the floor by my hair. It took years before I'd permit Charles to touch me there. I just jumped down a female friend's neck last week for touching the back of my head. It triggers me to this day.

    I have taken a stand. I will not go through this again. It takes the sheriffs at least 15 minutes to get here after a 911 call and I need to be able to protect myself. I would prefer death to going through it again, mine or the rapist's.

    Don't tell me to get therapy - I have, extensively. I am mentally healthy according to professional opinion. I am not depressed, or paranoid, or in any way psychotic.  This is what I am left with. Not everyone heals completely from being raped.

    Being raped and beaten in my home is not a paranoid fantasy. It's already happened once. Never again.

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    Why are war casualty counts "American troops" and "others" but never "human beings"?

    by Kitsap River on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 04:52:02 PM PST

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