*Read the powerful letter the Stanford rape victim read aloud to her abuser, whose name isn’t really worth mentioning, and it really moved me.
“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.”
“I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story.”
—the Stanford rape victim whose name I wish I knew because the words, “Stanford rape victim” just doesn’t do any justice to the strong human being that she is