My life changed on Halloween night of 2006. I was kidnapped and raped by someone who I at that time had thought was a friend.
My hands were tied, and I was taken from my house, naked with only a blanket to cover me. I left as many clues as I could in hopes someone would realize something had happened, but it wasn’t until hours later that the cops finally found us. Their guns were drawn, and my kidnapper had a knife to my throat. He threatened to kill me and said if he got caught, he’d come back for me.
In the end, I was safely removed from the situation. Little did I know, that this was only the beginning of my trauma.
I’ve been re-victimized by our legal system ever since. I was in the hospital room next to him later that night. My kidnapper eventually served some time, but is now out a free man, and I have no rights to know where he is or what he’s doing. So i’m left feeling totally vulnerable again to a man who threatened to come back for me.
I’ve taken it on as a personal mission to become a victim’s rights advocate. I’ve gone through, and seen too much of the system failing the victims of violence. I will always continue to be an advocate and voice for those who are too fearful to do it for themselves.