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Response to Happyhippychick (Original post)

Mon Aug 20, 2012, 11:11 AM

10. As a rape victim, I appreciate your support and sympathy

The disgusting words of Akin regarding "legitimate rape" poured salt in very old wounds that I have made great efforts over many years to heal. Over 30 years ago, when I was a young mother, age 26, I was asleep in my bed at home and suddenly awoken by an unknown intruder (broke in through a window) on top of me. He immediately gagged me, tied me up and raped me, all the while repeatedly threatening to kill me and my 2 year old daughter sleeping in the next room. When he had "finished" I lay there in terror that he would harm or kidnap my daughter, as I could hear him roaming about the small cottage (turns out he was taking money from my purse and looking for other items to steal) but I was helpless to do anything because of being bound and gagged. He then returned to my room to threaten me again, saying he would return to kill me and kill or take my daughter if he heard any sound or movement. Some agonizingly long minutes later I heard the door close, although I did not know where he was. Terrified as to what to do next, I decided that I had to do whatever was necessary to see if my daughter was still there and alright. So methodically I worked the knots of the bindings and finally was able to free myself, and immediately called the police. (My daughter was there and unharmed).

There is more to the story of course--an aftermath that ripped through my life like an earthquake of trauma with aftershocks felt even to this day, decades later.
One of the immediate horrors was fear of getting pregnant--a fate so dreaded that I seriously contemplated suicide. I was never offered the morning after pill--if it was even available then.
For a public figure to dismiss this horrific possibility with such an appallingly ignorant and insensitive comment is truly revolting and exceedingly cruel to the many rape victims past, present and future, whose scars are deep and enduring.

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