Not to ruin your Saturday or perspective – because I do believe my story is a positive one – I feel it best to let the below article and excerpt explain why I felt so compelled to prosecute and see it through. I had read these statistics at the RAINN site soon after my attack. And, these are just for US victims. I have no idea what the stats are for women like me who are attacked overseas or for women in the EU and beyond.
“Justice Department studies show that six out of ten rape victims do not report their attack to police. Berkowitz told the committee that, given the low reporting rate and the fact that most reported rapes don’t lead to an arrest and conviction, as many as 15 out of every 16 rapists will never spend even a single day in prison.
“In America today, rape is a crime without consequence — except for the victim,” Berkowitz testified. “Not only do rapists escape any punishment for the crime they’ve just committed, they’re emboldened to commit another rape, and many more after that. Not surprisingly, rapists have figured this out.”
QUOTE: “It goes on one at a time, it starts when you care to act, it starts when you do it again after they said no, it starts when you say We and know who you mean, and each day you mean one more.” – Marge Piercy, The Low Road