19 October 2012
This thank you letter is long overdue.
You, literally, saved me from being raped, and quite possibly, saved my life, as well. I am certain that when you left your room that morning to go for a run, that you never suspected what was about to happen. I know I didn’t. I cannot tell you how incredibly grateful I am that you saved me from my attacker. As I was fighting with him, I KNEW that he was going to rape me and I just as strongly knew that I could not let that happen. Without your intervention, though, that’s exactly what would have occurred. Even now, after all the therapy and dealing with it, that thought still makes me feel like crying. I know it could have been far worse than it was and YOU are the reason it wasn’t.
Thank you so much for being in the right place at the right time and for being willing to come to my aid. You made a huge difference in my life by preventing an even worse tragedy from happening.
I had, and still have, a very loving boyfriend, a great therapist, and friends and family members who helped me through the last 13 months. In all my trying to make sense of what happened and trying to figure out the why, I decided that I need to talk about it on a much larger scale than just friends and family. To that end, I created a new web site called At Long Last Heard. My intention is to give women who have been victims of a sexual assault, whether it’s incest, attempted rape or rape, a place to tell their story and be heard. I just launched it on the one year anniversary of my attack. I am still figuring it out as I go. I am telling my story and the incredible journey it has been for me this last year. It has not been easy and I have made it through and out the other side.
You are in my thoughts and prayers and I trust all is well for you.
Again, thank you for saving my life.
And in response, I received this letter from him:
Thank you for your kind letter. I am so glad to hear that you are recovering and are using your experiences to help other women. I pray that others will be helped to recover emotionally through your efforts.
I know what it is to sustain significant trauma. My wife was stalked for several years by a ‘friend’ of mine (a long story.) I learned of it and had to deal with the situation about 6 months before my trip to San Diego. Our whole situation was pretty traumatic and I can imagine what you’ve gone through. Ironically, I’ve got a counselor/therapist, too; she helped me a great deal. I’m so glad you were willing to get help. I am grateful that you want to help others through this experience.
You are welcome to put me in your story but leave my name out–I don’t really deserve any praise. I really didn’t do much of anything–I was too confused and bewildered by the whole scenario that I didn’t have the capacity to think much about it. Afterwards, I was really mad that I didn’t go after him and I was afraid that he would get away. I was really relieved to find out that the police picked him up later. My counselor told me later that it was probably for the best–I have so much pent up anger at ‘bad guys’ that if I had run after him and caught him, I might have beaten him to death! Then I’d be the one in jail!
Thanks again for your letter. May God bless you throughout your life and in your ministry to others.