Survivor Stories

Katrina

"My image of rape was always being attacked by a stranger. That's what happened to me. One night, I went to a movie with a friend. When I came home, I pulled my car into the driveway. As I opened the door to get out, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a flash of chrome on the side of a gun. The gun was pointed at my head. A man's voice said, 'Give me all of your money.' I was so scared that I dropped my purse. The man ordered me to get out of the car and take my pants off. He didn't want me to see his face. He told me to turn around, put my hands on the hood of the car, and spread my legs. Then, he raped me. While this was happening, some people walked by where we were standing. He told them, 'Get out of here. This is none of your business.' Not one of these people tried to help me and no one called the police.

"When the rapist left, he said, 'I'll be back. Don't call the police.' He took my purse with him. So, I knew he could find me again. I made a police report and I got Caller ID for my phone. A few days later, the rapist called. He left a message on my machine saying that he wanted to return my money. I retrieved his phone number and gave it to the police. This helped them track down my rapist. I testified in court and he is now in prison."

---KATRINA






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