The silence rape imposes

By Jessica Nichols Ringsred ’06

How do you write about a memory that you have willed with every fiber of your body into blackness, into the furthest recesses of your mind, where only you and it live in the silent dark? I tried for years not to write this, I did everything except put these words on paper. How do you start an essay like this? Here is how: When I was 16 years old I was drugged and raped while I fought in and out of consciousness.

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