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You know your in trouble when you pull on to your street and see police cars parked in front of your house.I knew I had an un-paid parking ticket,but really?......Just then my neighbor Christine runs across the street to my car window. Her face looks ashen. "Mike
some men broke into your house and I interrupt her and say "I ."have insurance, it"s a pain but I can deal with it." 'Mike,they assaulted Liz." A bomb explodes in me, I see her standing there but it"s as if I am not hearing any words come out of her her mouth.Out
come the Police and they start asking me questions. Finally I asked "are you telling me
my lady just got raped?"When I am told the answer is yes and she has been taken to the Hospital, I am racing to her. For the first  time in my life,I ashamed to be a Man. What
animal does this? I wondered. If I found those guys,I am not ashamed to say I would have killed them the second I saw them.
That  night the hospital decided to keep Liz overnight. Hours later,I "m allowed to see her. I slowly open her door and we both looked at each other silently.Several minuets pass
by and finally she says "I want to move,I don"t feel safe there." 'Anything you want kid,pink iceceam,yellow bubblebath,anything," She looks at me and starts laughng, 'They don"t make pink icecream!" I told her they should.I promised to hunt those
monsters down,and she stopped me. "stop playing tough guy and just be here for me
when I fall downn.Months go by and the monsters are still   free but DNA is powerful and they will get caught.
I remember one sunny afternoon while packing I saw Liz glow in the sunlight.Tears started sreaming down my face. "Whats wrong?" she asd. I said "I have just learned
what strength is." She smiled and went back to work.

 This true story happened to a lady I love nearly a year ago. Last night. Another
lady we both know was raped. The house of ruth says a Woman is raped every 9 minuets in America.Fewer than 1 in 10 are ever reported. Babies through 90 year old Women are raped. Men are also raped. Rape is about power and control,not sex.

Originally posted to Vet 65 on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM PST.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy.

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