So, this letter has been trending, and for good reason. I discovered it on Facebook via someone sharing BuzzFeed’s post. I’ve had it open on my computer for a week, because I can only read parts of it at a time, because it, not the letter, but the unfairness and mild sentencing the rapist (or as the case may be, the ‘assaulter-with-the-intent-to-commit-rape’), Brock Turner, received, makes me so very effin’ angry.
I urge you to read The Stanford Victim’s letter to her attacker in its entirety.
An excerpt (for anyone who has been put in a situation where they are made a victim):
And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. As the author Anne Lamott once wrote, “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.” Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you.
Strength and courage my fellow humans. Strength and courage.