Just another rape story, right!
-by priyanka sethi
“And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”
As these words are spelled from the mouth of rape survivor, who didn’t not knew what has happened to her until doctors informed her about her rape. An another tragic story of girl being raped while she was unconscious by drunk guy, a Stanford swimming star.
Disgusted by the jury’s perdict on rape and her helplessness to seek justice, she raised voice because she knew if she wouldn’t no one ever will. She stood for herself even after knowing that none of her side of story will count because that’s what law says that, she was drunk and unconscious, That gave her sinner a chance to get away from his mistake.
In her frustration she further encountered her rapist and spoke what she felt deep within her and set an example for other women in the world;
“You ran because you said you felt scared. I argue that you were scared because you’d be caught, not because you were scared of two terrifying Swedish grad students. The idea that you thought you were being attacked out of the blue was ludicrous. That it had nothing to do with you being on top my unconscious body. You were caught red handed, with no explanation. When they tackled you why didn’t say, “Stop! Everything’s okay, go ask her, she’s right over there, she’ll tell you.” I mean you had just asked for my consent, right? I was awake, right? When the policeman arrived and interviewed the evil Swede who tackled you, he was crying so hard he couldn’t speak because of what he’d seen. Also, if you really did think they were dangerous, you just abandoned a half-naked girl to run and save yourself. No matter which way you frame it, it doesn’t make sense.”
Traumatised by the questions, she further added,
“Your attorney has repeatedly pointed out, well we don’t know exactly when she became unconscious. And you’re right, maybe I was still fluttering my eyes and wasn’t completely limp yet, fine. His guilt did not depend on him knowing the exact second that I became unconscious, that is never what this was about. I was slurring, too drunk to consent way before I was on the ground. I should have never been touched in the first place. Brock stated, “At no time did I see that she was not responding. If at any time I thought she was not responding, I would have stopped immediately.” Here’s the thing; if your plan was to stop only when I was literally unresponsive, then you still do not understand. You didn’t even stop when I was unconscious anyway! Someone else stopped you. Two guys on bikes noticed I wasn’t moving in the dark and had to tackle you. How did you not notice while on top of me?”
As her heart spoke the story of her pain which she doesn’t remember anymore but could feel the pain within deepest sorrow. After her trauma of a year and her loss she found courage because of the strangers who were standing by her side without even knowing her.
The pain of her sister she went out with that night, who felt herself responsible for what happened, she could feel it all.
She realised that she is not alone in this situation the trauma is clouding up on her whole family, everyone is broken and only she has the power to join them.
How difficult it is to lose something precious and then being traumatised by it again and again, seeing person who raped you saying that it happened because I had given him consent. Making me responsible for losing myself.
How coward can the world be? How disrespectful can a man be? How injustice can prevail? But thing is you just not need talk behind and say but come forward and speak cause if you won’t fight for yourself then no one ever will.