A Letter to My Rapist "This is What You Made Me" written January 30, 2017
I am not yours. You do not own me. You do not claim right or responsibility over any part of me.
You are a sadistic animal who takes pleasure in raping little girls. You will never be anything more than that.
But I will be so much more than that.
You talked to me of all the ways you would change me. And you did change me, but let me tell you how.
Because of you I learned how to defend myself with force and with word. I made my body stronger.
Because of you I started learning about advocacy work. I made myself louder.
Because of you I gave myself a voice. A voice to scream with. A voice to say no with. A voice to fight back with. I made myself braver.
Because of you I built myself up from under the table I learned how to survive. I made myself more powerful.
You had control over me for a day. The power of a child who could not fight back. That does not make you strong. That makes you a coward.
You had power for a day, but my power will last a lifetime. You did not break me. You are not that strong.
I am like a willow, bending with the wind, but standing firm on solid ground.