its admirable to see someone stand up for themselves. it may take all the physical strenght ang fighting the losing battle but the result is always brave inspiring. i have so much respect for those women. No one should get used to being abused.
Twice in my life I have had to fight for my safety. Twice in my life I have physically pushed a man out of my home. Twice in my life I have thrown a man off of me and locked myself in a room where he could not come after me, until he left, until someone else came to help me. It took every ounce of physical and emotional strength that I had. It was exhausting. It was frightening. Had I been the slightest bit more tired, had I been at someone else’s house, had I not had the hope of someone else’s arrival to sustain me, I might have fought and lost. To Ellen and her mother, I might be an example of a “good” near-rape victim.
I should not have had to do it either time. The first time I said No, the first time I turned…
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