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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

i've posted here before. but going through the testimonials and comments a few years later, I am still pained.

when will it end? i've lied awake nights and cried because my sister was hurt. something was taken from her. someone so beautiful, so sweet, so loving....and a man ignored her as a person. saw her as an object. he raped her.

we know who he is. is that one of the worst parts? knowing you can do something about it...but not really? i can't answer some of the questions that exist here because they are for her to answer for herself.

she is still healing.

maybe the worst part is that it wasn't the first and wasn't the last time it would be taken from her. that makes my heart ache. like someone grabs inside my chest and tears my heart apart. how can something so awful happen to someone so wonderful....so. many. times. why does there have to be a "worst one".

i hate the man who did it. hate him. hate what he did. how could someone do something like that? how could someone be so hurtful?

years later i still cry because i feel her pain. i want you to know sister, i am here for you. always. i love you more than anything in the world. i would do anything for you, and if i could, i would take back that night for you.

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