Opinion Why Didn’t I Report It? Because I Wanted to Forget What Happened to Me

When I called the rape victim hotline as a teenager, I didn’t want to file a complaint. I wanted to die. The woman who stayed with me on the line asked: Die how?

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Why didn’t I report it? Because I didn’t believe that terrible things that usually happen in rough neighborhoods could happen to me. How could I complain when I wasn’t attacked by a stranger in a dark alley,...