black
I once heard a white man say, "When you go out you're representing your race." Except when you're white, you're just a thief, a rapist, a murderer - one who has gone astray from the flock. When you're a person of color, you're a cultural symbol.
crimes against women
I feel strangely indifferent to my attacker. It's the system that let him get away with it that I'm most angry with.
politics
The fact that VAWA languished for so long is an illustration of what a political football women’s rights in the US have become, that we cannot even get Congress to agree on a basic and fundamental issue, which is that women should be safe from sexual assault and domestic violence.
rape
The best I could hope for was to be as truthful and accurate as possible, in order to do justice by the victims.