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  • “He was afraid that by touching her, he would turn something beautiful into something ugly.”*

    Quickly, I shut off the audio book, so quickly that I do it wrong and yelp in frustration. I run into the bathroom stand tapping my heart.

    Then I notice what I am doing and say, “Why am I tapping my heart?”

    I burst into tears. So I ask, “Why am I crying?”

    The connection is obvious. Roarke is afraid of touching Eve sexually, because she’s been raped and he doesn’t want her to associate his love with the heinous act.

    I am 66 years old. I was 19 when I was raped and it still revisits me at inopportune times. (Any time feels inopportune!)

    *From Immortality in Death by JD Robb. March 19, 2012
  • I MAY HAVE TO APOLOGIZE FOR READING these genre romance-crime novels. I listen to them while exercising. I can't listen to anything too complex or I will lose count.

    I also feel as if I may have to apologize for dwelling on rape--people who have never experienced it may get bored with it. If I've already said all this or shown these pictures, I apologize.


      1. My dear sweet husband and I kiss.
      2. Me, homeless and terrified, after being raped. (art by me)
      3. My continuing howl

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