Thank you for your story, Talia. It’s powerful and well-written. Thank you for really going there and not sparing the details. It’s painful and terrible. I have one to, as you rightly suspect. Many many “assaults,” and I wrote a few of them on the Twitter stream Kelly started. But there was another, worse one — one I blamed myself for most of my life. I recently told my 15 year old daughter the story. In telling it, I saw it for what it was more clearly. It should have been enough that when I saw the perpetrator a few years after the incident, the swiftly rising tide of rage and pain that nearly obliterated me at the sight of his face and the sound of his voice should have told me what it was. Thank you. I’ll write mine too.

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